The government is preparing a comprehensive online register of healthcare workers

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New Delhi: To project India as a global source in the healthcare sector, the Center is developing an online repository of all categories of healthcare professionals including doctors, nurses and pharmacists which also mentions the country where they wish to render their services.

The portal, developed by the National Health Authority (NHA) under the Ayushman Bharat Digital Mission (ABDM) under the government’s “Heal by India” initiative, is expected to be launched on August 15, it said. official sources. PTI.

It will be voluntary for all healthcare professionals to provide their information to the portal and every measure is taken to ensure data security. The personal information provided will be authenticated by the UIDAI while the registration details will be verified by the respective councils, the sources said.

“The portal will be ready by June 15, after which healthcare professionals can register.

“They will be given the opportunity to mention their preferred country where they wish to work, languages ​​they know, visa, country-specific qualifying exam details in addition to their usual background information,” an official said.

A health professional registry for physicians from all drug systems and nurses developed by the NHA is already in place. So far, 32,059 doctors and 3,527 nurses have registered and among them, the references of 15,531 doctors and 687 nurses have been checked. Data for this registry will also come from the new portal, the official said.

The “Heal by India” initiative aims to generate employment opportunities abroad for Indian trained professionals in the health sector and improve education to produce quality human resources in the field of health , helping them become eligible to work anywhere in the world.

To achieve the goals of “Heal by India”, the Indian government is working on assets such as qualified teachers, absence of language barriers, availability of advanced technologies and positive government policies; especially for those with high demand outside India.

It includes nearly 50 to 60 streams like dieticians, nurses, laboratory technicians, paramedics, operating room attendants (operating room), physiotherapists, operating room technicians, medical assistants for elderly care, etc. They will be trained under the Skill India programme.

India is one of the most sought-after destinations for international patients, mainly because a significant number of doctors are trained in developed countries. Proficiency in the English language; advanced diagnostic equipment, etc.

According to people familiar with the matter, India is likely to open offices in different countries to facilitate the process under the skills development mission. The framework is being drafted under the supervision of a member of Niti Aayog.

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