Chennai: Apollo Mediskill, a training company set up by the Apollo Hospital Group in association with the National Skill Development Council (NSDC), launched its first centre on Tuesday.
NSDC, which has been tasked with skill development by the government, has acquired a 27% stake in Apollo Mediskill for Rs.3.5 crore and provided it with a soft loan of Rs.24.5 crore.
Apollo Mediskill expects to train 400,000 doctors, nurses, paramedics and support staff through its 47 skill centres. The remaining investment in the Rs.40 crore venture will come from the Chennai-based hospital group.
Ailments such as diabetes, heart disease and cancer are rising and there aren’t enough healthcare professionals to meet demand, said Pratap Reddy, chairman of the company.
There is a need to double the number of doctors to 1.4 million, triple the number of nurses to 2.4 million and quadruple the number of paramedics and support staff to 2.5 million, he said.