New Delhi, 14 August: In a step towards ensuring that paramedical and allied health workers have the requisite training and skills, the national occupational standards were today unveiled here in 15 job categories by Health Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad.
With the country facing shortage of doctors and nurses, better utilisation of the whole range of the skills of allied health professionals (AHPs) like technicians and wardboys, a neglected section so far, is the key to health-sector reforms in India and achieving universal healthcare.
Terming it as a “landmark achievement”, the minister said the fifteen allied health areas requiring diverse skill sets which have been covered in the occupational standards had critical support-roles in the healthcare delivery system.     pti