Sir Parashurambhau College, which is one of the most prestigious Autonomous colleges in Pune, has always aspired to provide an all-round education to its students. With an initiative from Adv. Shri. S.K. Jain (Chairman, Managing Council) and Dr. Savita Datar (In-charge Principal), SP College Organised Special Training Program in First Aid and Basic Life Saving Skills on 17th and 18th June 21. The training program was presided over by Adv. Shri. S.K. Jain (Chairman, Managing Council), Dr. Savita Datar (In-charge Principal), Shri. Keshav C Vaze (Chairman, CDC), Dr. Mandar Akkalkotkar (Trainer), Dr. Prashant Sathe (Chairman, ABVP Pune), Dr. Devashree Khare (Trainer), Dr. Sanjyot Apte (VP), Shri. Dhanjay Diwate (VP). The entire training program was coordinated by Dr. Shivaji Bhosale.
The training in First Aid and Basic Life Saving Skills was organised with an objective of helping students to become front-line warriors and provide support to ailing healthcare sector in the view of recent COVID-19 pandemic outbreak. It is well predicted that third wave of COVID-19 is inevitable and could hit the country earlier than expected. With variants like Delta and a large section of population which is still not yet vaccinated, the third wave can be more catastrophic and lead to collapse of public health care sector. The Pandemic has exposed the inadequacy of healthcare and importance of spending and strengthening public healthcare.
Therefore, the need for efficient and targeted vocational training due to manpower crisis plaguing the healthcare sector has arisen. Acute shortage of staff has turned the situation into a bane for the patients who got admitted to the COVID-19 designated hospitals. The authorities are unable to handle the rush of patients as they could not deploy the required manpower in three shifts, which has worsened the night time situation at the hospitals.
Recently even the Government of India under the flagship of Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship launched the crash course for COVID-19 Frontline Workers. The programme aims to skill and up-skill over one lakh Covid warriors across the country.
During the Inaugural function, Shri S.K Jain stated the importance of such training workshops in building the confidence and providing support to much needed health care sector of the country. He also announced that all the registered students will be provided free medical insurance for 1 year from the college and help the students to get vaccinated on priority basis. Moreover, more such initiatives will be taken in the future to make students self-reliable.
Dr. Savita Datar, congratulated the students who have registered for the workshop and wished them the best wishes. She assured the students with best possible support from the college. She also stated that this training is organised in such a manner that the students will be given 1 credit under skill development courses for their academic purpose.
Dr. Mandar Akkalkotkar who is a certified Instructor for Basic and Advanced Life Support skills and life member of various training organizations gave actual training to students. The training involved understanding Disability and Environment, Catastrophic bleeding, conducting CPR, treating a burn, calling for medical assistance, examining the gloves, ambulance services etc.
Dr. Chirag Vora, Interventional Pulmonologist, Deenath Mangeshkar Hospital and Former Registrar and Pulmo Fellow at Ruby Hall Clinic also guided the students.
Dr. Saroj Hiremath (Vice Principal) during the valedictory function stated the importance of responsibilities after the training program. She cautioned the students of over-confidence in this field as it can lead to catastrophic situations. She wished the students best wishes and applauded the efforts of volunteers during the training program.
The training was imparted to students in basically six customized job roles namely Home Care Support, Basic Care Support, Advanced Care Support, Emergency Care Support, Sample Collection Support and Medical Equipment Support. This programme will create skilled non-medical healthcare workers to fill the present and future needs of manpower in the health sector.
Dr. Shivaji Bhosale (Assistant Professor)