The initiative was first launched in Italy Credit: EastMojo image

Guwahati: In a big achievement in the field of healthcare, over 50,000 nurses from various hospitals across India were trained to deal with COVID-19 cases. All this was done under NGO Generation India that organised a two-month-long online training programme for frontline healthcare professionals.

The four-hour-long online COVID training programme offered practical, demonstration-based, and immediately applicable training in the areas of infection prevention and control in COVID-19 hospitals. It also covered the use of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) as well as personal care for medical staff. The initiative which was first launched in Italy, the epicenter of Europe’s outbreak, the programme had trained over 50,000 nurses across India in less than two months.

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Generation India organised a coalition with Columbia Asia Hospital, who offered the medical content; ABP news’ crews; Learnet Skills Ltd., and UNESCO, who supported the launch and rolled out the course. Hosmac India Pvt Ltd —as the industry partner for the program and Trained Nurses Association of India (TNAI) which is the certification partner for the same. Other organizations such as Andhra Pradesh State Skill Development Corporation (APSSDC), National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC), Orion Edutech, DNC(Delhi Nursing Council), IPNA(Indian Professional Nurses Association) have also contributed towards the dissemination of this course.

The training also covered the use of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) as well as personal care for medical staff

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Arunesh Singh, CEO of Generation India, said, “We have experienced diseases like Swine Flu and Chikungunya, but they were not so contagious. While the healthcare worker is trained for PPE in their course, they have never used them in the workplaces. The nurses needed to be upskilled.” He added that healthcare professionals who have been working in the industry for decades have not had any personal experience with a pandemic that they can draw on now.

Generation India is a non-profit that transforms education into employment systems to prepare, place, and support people into life-changing careers that would otherwise be inaccessible. To date, more than 37,000 people have graduated from the Generation program, which prepares them for careers across more than 150 cities and 14 countries.

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