Volunteers would take 3-4-hour-long training before assisting medical staff in hospitals.
The third wave of the coronavirus is sweeping through Hungary, causing immense problems for doctors and nurses who are getting more and more exhausted due to the high number of patients in need of medical attention. The lack of personnel for this amount of infected patients is further complicating the situation.
Hvg.hu reports that the Regional Organisation of Győr-Moson-Sopron County that belongs to the Hungarian Medical Chamber announced on Sunday afternoon on their Facebook page that they are
looking for volunteers without any medical background to help to care for coronavirus patients in intensive care units.
“There is a huge overload in every coronavirus intensive care unit in almost every hospital. There are few nurses; moreover, they are all exhausted. This will further intensify in the upcoming weeks. We do not know how long it will last or how many more waves will come.
Motivated, trustworthy, and disciplined non-professionals trained for specific tasks would mean an immense help when caring for patients in Covid-19 units,”
The organisation created a training program boosted with a practical part that has already been tested. They say that a 3 or 4 hour-long training is sufficient to acquire the basic knowledge needed for these tasks. However, they emphasise that this training does not give a professional qualification, nor does it replace qualified nurses. Furthermore, the Chamber adds that they cannot guarantee for everyone who goes through with the training to be employed by a hospital.
The post also sets out the criteria to apply: physically and mentally strong, morally unquestionable, possibly young people but of age, who are willing to work under harsh circumstances in protective equipment.
They are looking for people who have either been vaccinated or can prove that they have gone through the infection in the past 6 months. If neither of these two conditions applies, applicants need to be under 45 years of age, aware of the dangers of infection, and having finished at least primary school.
Training will be carried out in Győr, Mosonmagyaróvár, and Sopron.
The clinic of Semmelweis University is also looking for volunteers on their website.
“If you are a medical student, a paramedic student, or have a medical qualification but work in another field, you can definitely help us. If you do not have the qualification, if you do not study in a medical field, but you would like to help, we welcome you.”