PUNE: Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) and Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW), has developed four skill based health programmes of six months duration each namely Certificate in Home Health Assistance (CHHA), Certificate in General Duty Assistance (CGDA), Certificate in Geriatric Care Assistance (CGCA), and Certificate in Phlebotomy Assistance (CPHA), which will be offered to students. For this purpose, a skill training cell has been created in IGNOU.
“A model teaching schedule will be followed across the country. Monitoring will be done at national, state and district level through a designated three-tier monitoring network developed for the purpose which would be reinforced through a student linked tracking process. The students will undergo continuous and term-end assessment both in the theory and practical component separately. One Regional Consultant for every state will be identified who would be the link between district level, state level and national level monitoring system,” said Masood Parveez, Regional Director, IGNOU Regional Centre Pune in a written statement.
“The teaching schedule will include initial briefing in respective regional centres followed by posting in medical colleges in two to three spells of one to two weeks each. The posting of medical colleges (study centre) will be followed by posting in small hospitals (Skill Development centre) at sub-division/ block level for a period of about two weeks after every contact spell in medical college. It is expected that each of the programmes will have about 30 hours of theory teaching/interaction, about 80 hours of demonstration/return demonstration at medical colleges, about one month of posting in smaller hospital and self activities to be carried out in a hospital setting,” added the official release from IGNOU.