A special course in pre-hospital care will be introduced in the district with the support of leading medical trainers and universities in the filed to strengthen the Active Network Group of Emergency Life Savers (ANGELS).

Persons who complete the one-year certificate programme will be eligible to be appointed as Emergency Medical Care Technicians (EMCT) with the ANGELS—a scheme introduced by the district administration to formulate a network of ambulances for life-saving activities.

At a press conference here on Wednesday, P.P. Venu Gopal and T.P. Mehroof Raj, chief coordinators of ANGELS, said the cooperation of resource persons from the George Washington University would be ensured to conduct the course. Dr. Venu Gopal and Dr. Mehroof Raj said the course, conducted under the direct supervision of the district administration, would be offered to the candidates at a nominal registration fee of Rs.1,000.

Candidates who have passed their Plus Two in any stream can apply for the course. The age limit is 25, they said.

Altogether, 75 learners will be selected from the list of applicants for the first batch and the classes will begin by the end of this month.

The shortlisted candidates will be offered a six-week intensive training in emergency medical care in leading government and private hospitals in the district and will later be assigned for practical training in the field.

Efforts are also on to win the approval for the course from the Kerala University of Health and Allied Sciences, the chief coordinators said.

Those interested can download the application forms from www.angelsindia.org. The filled-in forms should reach the Chief Coordinator on or before January 15.

For details, contact 9846339291.