The programme will help to create a cadre of trainers to train doctors, nurses and paramedics working in emergency departments of the hospitals and ambulance services
Union Minister of State for Health and Family Welfare, Dr Bharati Pravin Pawar launched National Emergency Life Support (NELS) courses for doctors, nurses and paramedics. Apart from the training modules, the programme also includes developing training infrastructure in all States/UTs to implement the NELS course and creating a cadre of trainers to train doctors, nurses and paramedics working in emergency departments of the hospitals and ambulance services.
The Union Minister of State said that till now, healthcare professionals in the country had to rely on foreign modules and paid courses which were not only expensive but were also limited in scope to a handful of emergencies without considering [the need and priorities of our population landscape.
Dr Pawar highlighted that the government is committed to the continuous strengthening of delivery of COVID-19 and non-covid essential health services, with the medium to a long-term goal of enhancing preparedness capacities to manage medical emergencies and thus minimise loss of precious lives. Talking about the National Health Policy of 2017, she said that it envisaged the creation of a unified emergency response system, linked to a dedicated universal access number, with a network of emergency care, provision of life support ambulances and trauma management centres.
Dr Pawar further added, “To keep pace with technological advancement advancements, parallel efforts are needed for human resource development by equipping doctors, nurses and paramedics working in emergency departments of hospitals. The training should also be imparted to those providing pre-hospital care with standardized life-saving skills, to minimize mortality due to all types of medical emergencies in the country.”
MoS (HFW) requested the States to send proposals for establishing NELS Skill Centres at their medical colleges and urged all Skill Centers to ensure that training is not only operationalised but also utilised to the maximum extent to improve the quality of emergency care services in the State. She also requested Disaster Management Cell to regularly interact with participating institutions and monitor their activities to make this a successful initiative.
The activities under the NELS entail developing emergency life support training modules for doctors, nurses and paramedics after experts’ consultations and based on the Indian context, setting up and equipping skill centres in medical colleges under Center/States to impart skill-based training on emergency life support for all categories of health functionaries, 120 skills centres to be established under SFC (FY: 2021-26) (out of which 90 skill centres are in various stage of development). The initiative will lead to the creation of a pool of trained doctors, nurses and paramedics in the country with skills to provide standardised emergency life support and reduce mortality due to medical emergencies. This will contribute to overall disaster preparedness and response capacities in providing emergency clinical care. NELS course is comprehensive and deals with the management of medical emergencies, surgical emergencies, cardiac emergencies, respiratory emergencies including ventilator management protocol for COVID-19 and other diseases, trauma-related emergencies, obstetric emergencies, paediatric emergencies, snake bites, poisoning etc.
Rajesh Bhushan, Union Health Secretary, Prof Rajesh Malhotra, Head of Orthopedics & Chief, JPN Trauma Centre (AIIMS), Dr Atul Goel, DGHS and other senior officials from the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare were present at the meeting.