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COVID-19: Southern naval command will train non-medical personnel

Southern naval command has designed training capsule for non-medical personnel who will work as force multipliers in times of emergencies amidst COVID-19
New Delhi: The COVID core working group of Southern Naval Command has prepared a Training Capsule for Battle Field Nursing Assistant (BFNA) to train non-medical personnel who will work as force multipliers in times of emergencies.

The core team consisting of Command Medical Officer, Commanding Officers of INS Venduruthy & INHS Sanjivani and Command Training Officer have used the BFNA concept and developed a small capsule.

Basic concepts of Hand Hygiene, donning and doffing of PPE, the concept of Biomedical waste management and carriage of casualty have been covered simply for the non-medical personnel. Simple strategies for infection prevention have also been dealt with in this course.

The training is actively being carried out at all units of Southern Naval Command as an attempt to train non-medical personnel who will work as force multipliers in times of emergencies. A total number of 333 personnel have been trained till date in Southern Naval Command.

This is also important to mention here that the Armed Forces deploy strength in the fight against COVID-19. Armed Forces Medical Services (AFMS) has deployed its resources to aid the civilian authorities at this crucial time. Armed Forces are running six quarantine facilities at Mumbai, Jaisalmer, Jodhpur, Hindon, Manesar and Chennai. One thousand seven hundred thirty-seven persons have been handled at these centres, of which 403 have been released so far. Dedicated COVID-19 facilities including High Dependency Units, Intensive Care Unit beds are being prepared in 51 hospitals of the Armed Forces across the country. Some of these facilities are located at Kolkata, Visakhapatnam, Kochi, Dundigal near Hyderabad, Bengaluru, Kanpur, Jaisalmer, Jorhat and Gorakhpur.