India to promote healthcare courses
The Health Ministry in India has inked a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) to scale-up shortterm healthcare courses and produce over 14 lakh trained manpower by 2025. The signing ceremony of the MoU was presided over by Union Health Minister
J P Nadda and Union
HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar. Union Minister for Skill Development Dharmendra Pradhan was also present. The government has initiated universal screening of common noncommunicable diseases such as diabetes, hypertension and common cancers along with tuberculosis and leprosy. This will require trained manpower and the Health Ministry is taking all necessary steps to address this. A robust monitoring and assessment framework will be established under the MoU to ensure that Health Ministry standards are followed stringently. The ministry will provide for financial assistance to IGNOU for establishing the structure and initiating the programmes.