Shortage of AYUSH paramedics in J&K

The role and duties of paramedics is no less important in treating of patients and thus having a responsible role both in emergency and non emergency situations. Ranging from being senior ambulance service healthcare professional to performing role of providing oxygen, perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation, administering medicines, intravenous treatments, bandaging and splinting, looking to trauma patients, assisting in childbirth and what not, their role is superb. It is, therefore, evident that any shortage of these paramedics was bound to offset the best treatment one would otherwise get from the best physicians. Not only are we, in Jammu and Kashmir suffering from shortage of Doctors despite there being more medical colleges and number of seats for the medical students but there is the shortage of the qualified paramedics too. To meet such shortage, the UT Government has not only realised the effects on general medical care due to such shortage but has come out with a plan to address the problem. It is heartening to note that it has decided to start ISM (AYUSH) Pharmacist Training Course in Government Nursing Medical, Ancillary Medical Training and other such schools across the length and breadth of the UT. As many as 220 seats of AYUSH paramedics have been sanctioned in these schools.
Since a few formalities are prerequisites to give practical shape to the proposal, it is expected that the preliminaries and paper work like issuing NOCs etc shall be completed without any delay so as to ensure starting ISM (AYUSH) Pharmacist Training Course in Government nominated schools of all districts in the UT in the right earnest. As to how many students could each of the schools accommodate has been decided, the intake capacity being of 20 students each, stands sanctioned for Government Ancillary Medical Training schools Jammu and Srinagar. In addition to it, 10 students each for other schools (GNM, AMT and ANMT) in all districts in the first phase have been sanctioned .
It is paramount to see that the trainees, during the time they undergo learning and training, must acquire necessary skills too to conform to be good pharmacists. In most of the hospitals, while we encounter problems of neglect and inefficiency in taking care of the patients, there are instances of dedicated care too. In other words, developing high communication skills, soft attitude and emphatic nature and behaviour, remaining calm and composed during moments of crisis while remaining alert and acting with speed in stressful and critical situations, are all important which the qualified trainers must take care of. A well trained and skilled pharmacist but aggressive and complaining by nature or adopting reckless attitude to the needs of the patients can, at times become a liability rather than a trained professional expected to serve the one in pain and distress, with a smile and fortitude. It must be remembered that the very nature of the profession of a pharmacist is performing a job that requires face to face interaction with the patients which requires a kind, assuring and sympathetic and caring nature.
It is, however, expected that a comprehensive type of training shall be imparted to the aspirants with modern system of medicine which can be taken care of by the designated schools and associated hospitals as the Government chalks out. So far, we had pharmacists not generally formally well trained which, however, they used to learn and groom up during their spot jobs under the qualified doctors. Government training facility for AYUSH pharmacist training course was a long pending demand of the people of Jammu and Kashmir as there was no Government facility of the sort available. With the new initiative of the UT Government in this respect, especially the concept and actual planning done at the levels of the Financial Commissioner Health and Medical Education, we hope a new dawn of well trained, groomed and qualified AYUSH pharmacists shall set in bringing with it, a new change in professional paramedics.