Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare J P Nadda on 6 June 2017 launched the Skill for Life, Save a Life Initiative with an aim to promote skill development in the health sector.Referring to India’s demographic dividend as more than 65 per cent of its youth were below 35 years of age, he said ”the Government is determined to seize this opportunity by providing adequate skills and employability to the youth for a strong foundation for continued and sustainable growth.”
This shall reduce the gap between expectations of employment of the youth and the actual job they get,” he added. The Minister pointed out that skill enhances economy of the country, too by reducing the gap between demand and supply of trained and skilled manpower in every field. ”The potential for skilled healthcare workers and professionals is immense in the country. Such courses ensure that the health sector gets the adequate skilled health workers.”
1. Skills for life, Save a life initiative aims to upscale the quantity and quality of trained professionals in the healthcare system.
2. He informed that the curriculum had been designed by National Institute of Health and Family Welfare (NIHFW) and AIIMS, Delhi.
3. Pointing out that in India 1,324 road accidents occur daily and a life is lost every 4 minutes and measures taken in the first 10 minutes can save a life.
4. The Ministry was initiating its ‘Skill a Life, Save a Life’ programme by launching First Responder course for professionals as well as general public, to be conducted in Central and State government training institutes from July in each district of the country, to empower citizens to be able to provide first aid in case of an emergency.