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Center Calls on States to Take Action to Reopen Medical Schools on or Before Dec. 1 | India News


NEW DELHI: On Wednesday, the Union Ministry of Health asked state governments to initiate steps for the reopening of medical schools as of December 1 or earlier, but with strict compliance with all Covid-related guidelines. 19.
Educational institutions in the country have been closed since March due to the coronavirus pandemic.
In a letter to the chief secretaries and administrators of all the Union states and territories, the Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan also suggested that non-Covid beds be available in sufficient quantities in hospitals. affiliated medical colleges to facilitate undergraduate training.
The Ministry of Health has obtained the consent of the Ministry of the Interior for the reopening of medical schools, the letter mentions.
“Consequently, the states and UT can take the necessary measures to open the medical schools on or before December 1, 2020,” said the health secretary in his letter dated November 25.
“It goes without saying that all SOPs / guidelines regarding social distancing and preventing the spread of the epidemic issued by the central / state governments and UT will be scrupulously followed by all universities,” he said.
The Center’s directive comes as a result of the National Medical Commission recommending the reopening of medical schools as of December 1 or earlier for MBBS students who are already taking their courses.
The NMC, which has received representations from medical students and colleges, noted that the current pool of interns (2020) have not completed the required clinical training, and unless they do, they would not be eligible to sit for the PG-NEET exam. .
He also noted that the PG-NEET exam for the 2021-22 academic year has been delayed as eligible candidates will complete their training late.
His training is required to be completed as soon as possible so that the PG -NEET exam for the academic year 2021-22 can be taken accordingly, he said.
“The delay in resuming training would have a cascading effect on the training of upcoming PG and superspecialties courses in the coming years,” the NMC noted.
“The new delayed academic session for 2020-21 must begin from February 1, 2021. The new PG session for the 2020-21 academic year must begin at least July 1, 2021 and therefore the PG-NEET exam for AY 2020-21 should be scheduled around March-April 2021, “the NMC said in a statement to the Ministry of Health on November 12.
With the opening of medical colleges and to facilitate UG training, all hospitals affiliated with medical colleges should have a sufficient number of beds for non-Covid patients, and therefore facilities for management should be restarted. outpatient and hospital for non-Covid patients, if you haven’t already, the NMC stated.
In addition, he noted that today’s students (and tomorrow’s future physicians) should also be familiar with the threats and opportunities inherent in the healthcare systems that they would eventually manage themselves.
It should not become a missed opportunity for medical students to learn epidemic management skills as public health professionals, the NMC said.

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