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Here's how auxiliary health workers serve the community

Image: 123RF/Volodymyr Melnyk.

The position of an auxiliary health worker was created to meet the chronic shortage of skilled health workers.

Auxiliary health workers serve the community on a voluntary basis or can work for large hospitals or clinics.

An auxiliary health worker is taught basic patient-care skills such as simple massage, dispensing non-prescription medicines and giving nutritional advice.

They may provide assistance to physiotherapists, occupational therapists and other medical professionals.