India announces new e-ITEC courses for Covid-19 management


The Indian High Commission in Dhaka has announced four new e-ITEC courses related to various aspects of Covid19 pandemic management in Bangladesh.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi during a telephone talk on May 25 with his counterpart Sheikh Hasina reaffirmed India’s support to Bangladesh in addressing the challenges arising from the spread of COVID-19.

One of the integral aspects of pandemic management is capacity building. The four new e-ITEC Courses are part of capacity building efforts being conducted under the Indian Technical & Economic Cooperation (ITEC) platform.

The courses are good governance practices in a pandemic for the district administrative heads, managing the human resource in handling the pandemic for hospital administration and doctors, infection prevention & control, biomedical waste management in covid pandemic situation for doctors and nurses, and mental healthcare during covid-19 pandemic for counselors and doctors.

The details of the courses are available at https://itecgoi.in/e-itec.php.

As part of India’s efforts to share best practices and to support capacity building efforts, six courses on various aspects of Covid19 management have already been conducted by leading institutes of India such as All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), and Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education & Research, among others.

These global courses conducted online from 17 April were well-received and were attended by 347 medical professionals from Bangladesh.

All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), Bhubaneswar also designed and conducted a course on Covid19 management, specifically for Bangladesh in the Bangla language.

This course held on 12-13 May was attended by 159 healthcare workers, medical professional, etc from Bangladesh.

Health experts of India and Bangladesh have held video conferences to discuss specific measures and exchange best practices on Covid19 management.

The SAARC Covid-19 Emergency Fund was announced by Narendra Modi and was setup with an initial contribution of $10 million from India.

India has handed over three tranches of medical assistance including RT-PCR Covid-19 test kits capable of running 30,000 tests, surgical masks, surgical latex gloves, Hydroxychloroquine medicine tablets, head caps, etc to the government of Bangladesh.

 “As a friend and a neighbor, India stands with Bangladesh in times of challenge. Our ongoing collaboration on the Covid19 Management would help us overcome the extraordinary situation created by the pandemic,” the High Commission said.