Minister of Health Terrence Dayalsingh.

Rishard Khan

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Third-year medical students at the University of the West Indies’ (UWI) St Augustine campus will be approached by the Ministry of Health to assist the County Medical Officers of Health. Part of their duties will include providing care to people in long-stay homes Minister of Health Terrence Deyalsingh said during a virtual press conference yesterday.

Among the benefits of the move, Deyalsingh said, were additional manpower, a more critical eye and importantly, the 50 chosen students would receive an insight into public health from the ground up and “not just a theoretical basis.”

Chief Medical Officer Dr Roshan Parasram said the students would be performing a “monitoring and evaluation function.”

He explained that this means the students would be used to assist in ensuring the guidelines set out by the Ministry of Health last week were being adhered to.

“The monitoring and evaluation function would tell us basically at the workplaces what is happening, whether the guidelines are being adhered to, whether protocols being put in place outside of the guidelines. That is the function of that cohort,” Dr Parasram said.

Deyalsingh indicated the job descriptions were still being compiled but the students would be approached “in the first instance.”