Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday authorised the decision to delay the NEET-PG exam for at least four months in order to aid the already existing rank of healthcare workers fighting COVID-19, according to a statement by the Prime Minister’s office.

“Prime Minister Narendra Modi authorises keys decisions to boost availability of medical personnel to fight COVID-19. NEET-PG Exam to be postponed for at least 4 months”, said the PMO.

The decision was taken in a review meeting amid country facing the deadliest second wave of COVID-19 pandemic. Over three lakh new infections are recorded every day from last two weeks. Hospitals in the national capital are facing shortage of medical oxygen.

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In the meeting, the PM also decided that, "Final Year MBBS students can be utilised for teleconsultation and monitoring of mild COVID cases under the supervision of Faculty. BSc/GNM Qualified Nurses to be utilised in full-time COVID nursing duties under the supervision of Senior Doctors and Nurses."

Medical personnel with 100 days of COVID-19 duty under their belt will be prioritised in upcoming government recruitments, added the PMO.

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Interns, on the other hand, would be deployed in the COVID-management duties under faculty supervision.