“Skill for Life, Save a Life” Initiative Launched

Shri J P Nadda, Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare launched the ‘Skill for Life, Save a Life’ initiative.

‘Skills for Life, Save a Life’ Initiative’ aims to upscale the quantity and quality of trained professionals in the healthcare system.

In India 1,324 accidents occur on roads every day and a life is lost every 4 minutes and measures taken in the first 10 minutes can save a life. It was thus announced that the Ministry is initiating its’ ‘Skill a Life, Save a Life’ program by launching First Responder course for professionals as well as general public, to be conducted in Central and State government training institutes from the next month across the country in each district, to empower every single citizen of the country to be the first person to provide first aid and initial care in case of an emergency.

Under this initiative various courses are planned to be initiated targeting specific competencies for healthcare professionals as well as for general public.

Skilling the youth enhances the employability and skilled India will help the nation reap rich dividends. This shall reduce the gap between expectations of employment of the youth and the actual job they get.

The potential for skilled healthcare workers and professionals is immense in the country. Such courses ensure that the health sector gets the adequate skilled health workers.

The trained and skilled personnel, through this innovative training course, will be able to help save lives in the golden hour during an emergency situation. The curriculum has been designed by National Institute of Health and Family Welfare (NIHFW) and AIIMS, Delhi.

Shri J P Nadda also launched the logo of ‘Skills for life, Save a life’ along with the Standardized Professional curriculum for – Physiotherapy, Optometry, Dialysis therapy technology, Medical radiology and imaging technology, Radiotherapy technology, Health information management, Operation theatre technology and Medical laboratory science and short term training courses with varying entry qualification in – 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.