‘They are a vital cog in the wheel of health care delivery ’
Admission into these courses is through counselling
Most of the institutions offering the courses have shortage of faculty
GUNTUR: Health care delivery systems are undergoing rapid changes and the demand for skilled paramedical personnel is on the rise.
Complementing the medical personnel, the paramedical staff has formed an important support system.
``Almost all the diagnostic procedures are carried out by the paramedical staff and they have emerged a vital cog in the wheel of the health care delivery system,” Guntur based Service Health Organisation Institute of Medical Technology founder T. Seva Kumar says.
Lot of opportunities
The population explosion coupled with the mushrooming of private and corporate hospitals has provided numerous opportunities for skilled paramedics.
Apart from the Government medical colleges, many private institutions offer various diplomas and certificate courses.
Admission into these courses is done through counselling conducted by district medical and health officers. Counselling for admission into paramedical courses in Guntur district began on August 27, much later than the classes in other districts commenced on August 1.
Admission into these courses is open to candidates, who have passed SSC/10th/ or any equivalent examination. Candidates who had passed 10 but failed in intermediate or degree were also eligible to apply for these courses.
Candidates should be within the age group of 15-35, with a three-year relaxation for those from SC and ST communities.
The number of seats varies from 10-60, with the rule of reservation being applied.
Among the most popular diploma courses of two-year duration were Medical Laboratory Technician (MLT), Radio Therapy technician and Medical Imaging technician.
The other diploma courses were Ophthalmic Assistant, Optometry Technician, and Audiometric technician. Emerging fields like, Hospital Food Service Management Technician and medical sterilization technician were also in great demand.
The certificate courses were Cardiology technician, Cathlab Technician, ECG Technician, Blood Bank Technician, Radiographic Assistant and Anesthesia Technician.
The qualification for most of these courses is a pass in Intermediate with Science subjects.
Lack of infrastructure
However, most of the institutions offering these courses were plagued by the shortage of skilled technicians/faculty to teach the subjects.
ack of basic infrastructure like labs and libraries, have downgraded the importance of the paramedical courses and they have few takers.
``It is high time that the Government turned its attention on the state of affairs in the paramedical institutions,” Dr. Seva Kumar opined.
The Andhra Pradesh Para Medical Board looks after all the aspects of the paramedical courses and conducts counselling.