NIO and IMA to create Team of First – Aid Professionals

The National Institute of Oceanography (NIO) signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Indian Medical Association, Goa State Branch, early this week to create a pool of qualified and competent first – aid professionals from among the staff of NIO and registered medical practitioners.

Director of NIO Satish R. Shetye said that this understanding was an extension of “NIO and IMA’s social responsibility”.

While Mr. Shetye signed the MoU on behalf of NIO, Shekhar Salkar, president of IMA, Goa, signed on behalf of IMA.

The tenure of this partnership is two years with scope and intent for renewals.

Dr. Shetye said that this would help both the parties in disaster management by sharing their resources and expertise.

The idea was to develop a team of trainers towards a multiplier effect in extending professional first – aid care to the people during medical emergencies, he said.

Dr. Salkar said that the partnership would enable IMA to access meeting and training spaces of NIO for its first aid training workshops.

Reciprocally, the IMA would educate and train the nominated staff of NIO in the current practices of first – aid care and treatment during emergencies not only at NIO but also at its other work sites such as research vessels, boats and onshore fields sites in Goa and elsewhere in India.

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