Vadodara: Nursing students will be deployed as assistant staff under the nursing ‘sahayak’ (assistant) scheme in government or private hospitals in the city to overcome any possible shortage of nursing staff in hospitals.
Officer on special duty for Covid-19 management in Vadodara Dr Vinod Rao has kept a meeting with principals of all 12 government and private nursing colleges of Vadodara district on Monday to get maximum enrolment under this scheme.
“Currently, there is no shortage of manpower. Vadodara has handled Covid-19 with advanced and proactive planning. The nursing sahayaks will also be trained as part of this proactive planning so that we have trained nursing manpower ready whenever required. We should have a pool of people who can join in short notice not only in government but also in private hospitals,” said Rao.
The directives for this will be issued invoking the Disaster Management Act. Rao, however, added that it is not necessary that the nursing ‘sahayaks’ will be assigned Covid-19 duties in the hospitals. “As of today, we have 5,000 plus beds against which the occupancy is nearly 2,950,” he said.
Meanwhile, the number of Covid-19 cases in Vadodara city and district crossed the 26,000 mark on Sunday. With addition of 112 fresh cases, the total number of Covid-19 cases since the beginning of the pandemic has reached 26,056. While the official death toll remained at 245, the total number of active cases stood at 657. Of these, condition of 489 patients is said to be stable, 115 are being treated with oxygen support while 53 patients are under ventilator or BI-PAP machine.
Sunday also witnessed 109 discharges after which the total number of discharges reached 25,154 while there are 2,212 individuals under home quarantine.