Union Government launches Skill for Life, Save a Life Initiative

Jun 7, 2017 11:58 IST

Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare J P Nadda on 6 June 2017 launched the Skill for Life, Save a Life Initiative with an aim to promote skill development in the health sector

Under this initiative, various courses will be initiated targeting specific competencies for healthcare professionals as well as for general public.

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Highlights of the Initiative
• Skills for Life, Save a Life Initiative aims to upscale the quantity and quality of trained professionals in the healthcare system.
• This initiative is a part of a larger plan and program for ensuring Universal Health Coverage.
• The Ministry initiated the initiative by launching First Responder course for professionals as well as general public that will be conducted in Central and State government training institutes.
• It will also empower every single citizen of the country to provide first aid and initial care in case of an emergency.
• Through this initiative, trained and skilled personnel will be able to help save lives in the golden hour during an emergency situation.
• Through such programs, government aims to create a mass of ‘first responder’ who complements the specialists to fill vacuum of adequate trained professionals.

The ministry also launched the logo of Skills for life, Save a life along with the Standardized Professional curriculum for Physiotherapy, Optometry, Dialysis therapy technology, imaging technology, Radiotherapy technology, Operation theatre technology and Medical laboratory training courses.

These courses will train the individuals as First Responder, General Duty Assistant, Geriatric Care Assistant, Home Health Aide, Phlebotomist, Sanitary Health Inspector, Dietetic Aide, Diabetes Educator, Emergency Medical Technician- Basic and Medical Equipment Technology Assistant.

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