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3221 MEDICAL ASSISTANTS
 


    Medical assistants carry out advisory, diagnostic, preventive and curative medical tasks, more limited in scope and complexity than those carried out by Medical doctors. They work independently or with the guidance and supervision of Medical doctors in institutions or in the field as part of the public health service, and may work mainly with diseases and disorders common in their region, or mainly apply specific types of treatment.

    Tasks include -

    (a) advising communities and individuals on birth control, hygiene, diet and other preventive medical measures;

    (b) conducting medical examinations to make diagnoses, or refer more difficult cases to Medical doctors if possible;

    (c) prescribing medicine and giving treatment for diagnosed illnesses, disorders or injuries;

    (d) performing simple surgical operations;

    (e) performing related tasks;

    (f) supervising other workers.

    Examples of the occupations classified here:

  • Assistant, medical


   
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 Updated 18 September 2004, by VA.