Govt orders engagement of MBBS, Nursing students across J&K for 3 months

Jammu district today reported more than 1700 COVID positive cases. This was the first time in all three COVID waves that the Jammu district inched to four-digit single-day cases. On May 12, 2020, during the second COVID wave, the Jammu district had recorded the highest 658 cases.

Meanwhile, today, the Health and Medical Education Department asked the Director SKIMS Soura and Principals of Government Medical Colleges (GMCs) Jammu, Srinagar, Anantnag, Baramulla, Doda, Rajouri and Kathua to engage Medical and Para Medical students for duties due to sudden spike of COVID-19 positive cases.

However, an official order issued by the Department said that not more than 33 per cent of the total available students should be engaged at one instance for utilizing their services for COVID mitigation to avoid any shortage of manpower in Territory Healthcare facilities.

“This shall be done on an urgent basis for three months,” the order said.

The Medical PG interns will be paid Rs 25,000 per month during the engagement period, while Medical UG Interns and Final Year MBBS students will get Rs 22,000 per month. Final Year BSc Nursing students will be entitled to Rs 20,000 per month, while Final year GNM students will be paid Rs 18,000 per month, the order said.

Ten staffers and students at Baba Ghulam Shah Badshah University (BGSBU) Rajouri and ten at Sainik School Nagrota were also found positive for the viral infection. As a result, DC Rajouri Vikas Kundal has declared the BGSBU a micro-Containment Zone.

A senior IAS officer in the rank of Principal Secretary, his wife and kin residents of Sidhra tested positive for COVID-19 today. A total of 21 persons were found infected at the entrance of the Civil Secretariat, the seat of the Government, during the day.