Every day somewhere in the world a hero is born, who is willing to sacrifice everything to save a life. The coronavirus pandemic has drastically changed the lives of people all over the world. The contagious nature of the disease and high rates of transmission means that anyone who comes into contact with a COVID-19 patient is incredibly likely to fall ill unless extreme measures of caution are taken. Due to this pandemic, the whole world has halted their daily activities and are in lockdown mode. But through all this, there are a few groups of people who valiantly put their lives on the line each day as they help provide services like medical care and attention to those who are most in need during this time. This blog is to express our gratitude to all the paramedics who every day don their safety gears to be at the frontline of the Coronavirus berserk.
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Emergency Medical Technician (EMT)
EMTs or Emergency Medical Technicians are the first responders to any medical emergency. The first news of a likely coronavirus victim and EMT crew rushes to the spot on an ambulance to get the patient out of the location and shift him/her to a quarantine facility. They make sure that they take all the necessary precautions are taken while transporting the patient to avoid the spread of COVID-19.
General Duty Assistant (GDA)
In a healthcare facility where COVID-19 patients are being treated, these General Duty Assistants look after the daily basic nursing care of such patients. It is a risky task to deal with COVID-19 patients on a daily basis although they wear protective gears. Apart from the protective gears, the GDAs also have to make sure that they sanitize themselves before leaving the quarantine zone to prevent the transmission of the coronavirus to other patients. Dealing with a COVID-19 patient daily is a very risky job and the General Duty Assistant needs to be careful all the time.
Medical Lab Technician (MLT)
With the spread of coronavirus, people are in a panic mode and many have got themselves tested to make sure they are safe. Thus, increasing the number of blood samples that comes on a regular day to laboratories for tests. In a situation like this, the workload of a Medical Lab Technician increases, who are responsible for all kinds of blood/sample testing. Here, MLTs are required to be skilled so that they can deal with the massive samples with a good pace and accuracy. There is no room for error here because the diagnosis will be based on the lab reports only.
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Medical Record Technician (MRT)
With umpteen numbers of patients and tests conducted daily across the nation, the MRTs make sure that report numbers are recorded and reported to the Hospital authorities and the municipal, district and state-level authorities. This reporting is essential to get the regular corona updates that the entire nation is tracking and monitoring.
The X-ray technicians are also among the unsung heroes of this COVID-19 pandemic. One of the primary symptoms of the new coronavirus affecting a person is developing symptoms of severe respiratory disorders. For this, patients need to take X-rays for diagnostic evaluations. Having an experienced X-ray technician ensures that tests are not only processed faster, but hospitals also reduce the chances of false-positives in early detection.
Emerging Heroes of SMART Academies for Healthcare
The healthcare courses of Tech Mahindra SMART Academies for Healthcare are training youth to become skilled paramedics since 2016, and today our students are placed across the nation. In this time of crisis, the majority of our alumni are on the front-line of the most important battle of our times.
There are three Tech Mahindra SMART Academies for Healthcare located in Delhi, Mohali and Mumbai. They offer a total of 13 paramedical courses and among them are ones mentioned above. Today over 600 of our alumni are working in various healthcare facilities and serving the society in this time of crisis as EMTs, GDAs, MLTs, MRTs and X-ray Technicians. We salute all our alumni for their sacrifices and contribution during this pandemic. Also, we are proud to say that currently, there are over 700 students who are undergoing training at our SMART Healthcare Academies in the above-mentioned programs.
Apart from these paramedics, doctors, nurses, security professionals, essential service providers and the Govt. are the new-age hero during this pandemic. While the healthcare professionals risk their lives daily in the hope that they contain the spread of the virus, the essential service providers make sure that the national supply chain of essential goods and services are not disturbed. We will always remain grateful for your service to mankind during these difficult times. Three cheers to all the COVID-19 heroes for their bravery and dedication.