Health: With the pandemic spreading to Tier II and III cities and towns, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has decided to set up regional training centres in rural areas. Set up with the assistance of the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), these centres will be used to train doctors on COVID-19 management practices, said Randeep Guleria, Director, AIIMS.
“It is possible that doctors in many towns and villages don’t have access to the right information regarding management. We are preparing a protocol and training module that will be used to conduct sessions via the network of AIIMS hospitals across the country,” said Dr Guleria.
The health ministry also released separate guidelines for COVID-19 management among children. Like adults, children should only be admitted to hospitals when they face breathing issues, according to the guidelines.
The decision has come on the back of migrant workers fleeing urban centres to reach their villages and hometowns following the imposition of curfews, lockdowns, and other restrictions to curb the spread of COVID-19.
India has so far reported 34.13 lakh active cases of COVID-19 with 2.18 lakh deaths.
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