Government orders hiring of medical students to increase staff for Covid patients
On Wednesday, the Delhi government allowed the medical directors of its Covid hospitals to hire medical students, interns and dentists to help doctors on duty care for patients with the coronavirus disease (covid-19).
“In view of … increased demand for ICU beds and medical human resources in (Delhi government) hospitals for Covid-19 management, all directors … are able to hire students, interns and BDS ( Bachelor of Dental Surgery) they pass to help the doctors on duty, ”said an order from the special secretary (health) SM Ali issued on Wednesday.
Contract medical students, interns or dentists will be paid Rs 1,000 for an 8-hour shift and Rs 2,000 for a 12-hour shift. Interns will receive this “fee” in addition to their stipend. It is difficult to work longer hours in personal protective equipment, the order said.
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The government also allowed hospitals to obtain a CT scan in DGHS-approved laboratories under its Delhi Arogya Kosh scheme, if the facility is not available in a hospital. The newly built hospitals in Burari and Ambedkar Nagar had already been instructed to do so for any laboratory tests.
The government has also instructed hospitals to obtain the expensive IL-6 test from the four government hospitals performed by Guru Teg Bahadur, Rajiv Gandhi Superspecialty Hospital, Lok Nayak Hospital and Deen Dayal Upadhyay Hospital.
The test is done to check for inflammatory markers and predict a cytokine storm, a condition in which the body’s immune response speeds up and begins to attack its own tissues and organs.