Delhi police trains young warriors to fight Covid amid third wave

Amidst the rising number of Covid cases in the capital, the Delhi Police has launched mission ‘Aapda Prahari’ an initiative aimed at training young individuals in first aid and Covid emergencies to support healthcare workers 

The mission, launched in association with Sewa Bharti, Red Cross Society and the National Medical Organization, will create a pool of young caregivers who will help health care workers in the future if there is a shortage of medical workforce during the pandemic.

Talking to Patriot, one of the functionaries and heads of publicity of Sewa Bharti, Delhi unit, Bhupinder Kumar said “There are around 88 youngsters who have enrolled in this program. This is a seven-day training program, in which the National Medical Organization, Red Cross Society and Department of Disaster Management Jawaharlal Nehru University are helping us. In this program we are giving first aid training, they are taught how to handle a patient while he is taken from his Home to Hospital. We are also teaching them Covid protocols and immediate first aid. We are running this program at Sewa Bharti Diagnose Centre, Ashok Vihar. All the candidates who have enrolled in this training program are selected by Delhi Police”.

“If an emergency arises in the future, they will be helping in strengthening the health care in the capital. In the past we have trained around 1600 volunteers after the second wave of Coronavirus”, he added.

Participants underwent first-aid training along with other protocols for handling Covid related emergencies

 

Khyati Sharma, a resident of Babapur and one of the volunteers with Sewa Bharti, informs us that they are receiving training in how to handle a patient in an emergency and the treatment they should be given before being taken to a doctor. “I have learned here, how to give CPR and how to check the pulse. We are also given lessons on how to use Covid related devices like oximeters and thermometers. The main thing which we have learned here is how to install an oxygen cylinder and how to operate it. Instructors have also taught us about Coronavirus, its symptoms and how to handle a Covid patient with mild and moderate symptoms”.

YUVA initiative, which was started by Delhi Police aims to inculcate practical skills in the youth. The Delhi Police has tied up with the National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC) for imparting job-linked skill training to the selected individuals. Currently, there are 22 YUVA centres in the Capital and 16 types of skill training programs are being run under this mission.

In the last 24 hours, Delhi has recorded 15,000 coronavirus cases and eight deaths. Cases in the capital are increasing at a rapid pace with the positivity rate touching the 11% mark. Health Minister Satyendar Jain has already declared that the third wave has hit Delhi, in this condition initiatives like ‘Aapda Prahari’ can help health care workers in this testing time. These trainees could work as emergency health care responders amid the uncontrolled Coronavirus wave.

 

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Anmol Nath Bali
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