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Govt may incentivise medical, nursing students for joining Covid-19 duty

PM Modi on Sunday reviewed various measures and possible steps discussed include incentivising students and pass-outs of medical and nursing courses to join the pandemic duty

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Prime Minister on Sunday reviewed various measures to augment human resources for effective management of the COVID-19 situation and possible steps discussed include incentivising students and pass-outs of medical and nursing courses to join the pandemic duty, sources said.

The final details are likely to be announced on Monday, they added.

"Decisions may include delaying NEET and incentivizing pass-outs studying for it to join the COVID-19 duty. The decisions may also include utilising services of final-year and nursing students," a government source added.

The medical personnel doing the COVID-19 duty may be given preference in the government recruitment and financial incentives as well, the source said.

The review meeting took place amid reports of healthcare personnel feeling overwhelmed in some parts of the country due to the surge in the COVID-19 cases, with testing facilities also being under a strain.

In an earlier review meeting with Modi, institutions like Army had highlighted that they had opened temporary hospitals and their medical staff is also treating civilians wherever they can.

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First Published: Sun, May 02 2021. 16:28 IST
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