National Skill Training Institutes and Hostels Open for Conversion into Quarantine/ Isolation Facilities

News Desk, News Nation 360 : As a part of the Government’s preparedness to fight the spread of the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19), the Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship (MSDE) has decided to make available all National Skill Training Institutes (NSTIs) and their hostels across the country for conversion into quarantine/isolation facilities. The decision was taken by the Ministry to align its efforts with the Centre in preparedness for the pandemic that has caused tens of thousands of deaths globally. India has so far managed to control the spread of the infection and a nationwide lockdown was implemented last week to encourage social distancing among people. Dr Mahendra Nath Pandey, Union Minister of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship said that the addition of NSTIs will help district and state administrations in treating those infected by the virus by providing an alternative for hospitals and health centres. In view of the global emergency caused by the

unprecedented spread of the Novel Coronavirus, the Skill Development Ministry will provide every possible support to the Central Government in fighting this pandemic. They have requested all Regional Directors of NSTIs to fully cooperate with State Government authorities to help them meet the requirement of facilities as and when it arises. In addition, the State Governments can also use the premises of ITIs for the same. MSDE has also provided the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare a list of around one lakh personnel who have been trained in healthcare skills through various programmes under the Skill India Mission. Trained in various job roles, these candidates will boost the efforts to contain the spread and treatment and care of infected people in the new quarantine/isolation/ hospital facilities being set up. In addition, a list of 2000 health care trainers and more than 500 health care assessors have also been shared with MoHFW.

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Report : Ansutup Kundu

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