The district will set a model by successfully forming a 36-member team of Emergency Medical Care Technicians (EMCT), comprising teenagers and senior citizens, to carry out pre-hospital care and emergency services.
The team members had undergone a three-month intensive theoretical training in pre-hospital care with special focus on handling emergency situations. They would get provisional course-completion certificates from the district authorities in two weeks. (The team would be deployed for practical training/field work for nine months. They would be attached to hospitals and ambulances linked to the ANGELS network).
This is reportedly the first time in the State that a special medical team was being formed, with people from varied professions, for focused interventions in the neglected pre-hospital care and emergency medical services sector. The first batch would have graduates in engineering, postgraduates in Arts and Commerce, and even school dropouts who had been active in the field of trauma care and voluntary health services.
EMCT course coordinator P. Aboobacker said the move will change the conventional belief that only people with science background would be able to make positive interventions in the health sector. “We induct this team at a time when highly qualified hands go in search of more lucrative careers outside the country,” he said.
“We have been getting technical support from resource persons from the George Washington University,” according to P.P. Venugopal, Executive Director, ANGELS. The university had agreed to issue course certificates to all learners who completed the course (one year in total),” Dr. Venugopal said.
The members of the team said the training had equipped them to undertake community-level emergency services in a more scientific way. K.C. Abdu Rahiman, 65, the senior-most member, said he was now familiar with administering first aid and handling emergency situations. “Now, I am able to train my friends in rescue operations,” he said.
Special uniforms too would be issued to the team members.