GOALPARA, May 30 � A convention of the Accredited Social Health Activist (ASHA) workers and Supervisors to acknowledge their contribution particularly in the field of maternal health was organised recently by the District Health Society at the Sardar Vallabh Bhai Patel Library here in Goalpara.
Speaking on the occasion, the chief guest and ZPC chairman, Indira Medhi while congratulating all the awardees said that such occasions were organised to recognise the exemplary work done by the ASHA workers and supervisors in the remote and inaccessible areas of the district.
She also pointed out that this is an important programme under the NRHM and the onus is on the health worker who has the ability to empower women by successfully transforming the picture of maternal, child and adolescent health in the district.
She also appealed to the ASHA workers to work with passion and sincerity, as they play a very important role by taking care of the would-be mothers, from the pregnancy to the delivery stage, in their respective areas.
Meanwhile, chairing the meeting, the Deputy Commissioner-cum-Chairman, District Health Society, Pritom Saikia said that the health workers have played pivotal roles in reducing the Maternal Mortality Rate and Infant Mortality Rate all over the country and lauded their selfless efforts in improving the overall standards of maternal health and the neonates.
Saikia also lauded the efforts put in by these workers to solve the health and other social issues in their areas and said that they play a catalytic role in bridging the gap between community and health delivery system. Such events organised to felicitate ASHA workers and supervisors will definitely motivate them to work sincerely and contribute positively in the field of health, he added. Besides congratulating all the award winners, he said that noting the considerable success achieved by the National Rural Health Mission (NRHM), it has been extended to urban areas under the National Health Mission (NHM).
Earlier, explaining the objective of the ASHA convocation, Dr Ratna Basumatary, Jt DHS-cum-Member Secretary, DHS said, that to recognise the contributions of ASHAs and ASHA Supervisors, the frontline workers of the Health department, NHM, Assam decided to award the best performing ASHA and ASHA Supervisor from each block of every district of Assam. Accordingly, one ASHA and one ASHA Supervisor from each BPHC of Goalpara were selected by a committee, giving weightage to their performance on various counts.
ASHAs Biju Rabha of Agia BPHC, Majeda Khatun of Lakhipur BPHC, Maya Kalita of Matia BPHC, Aleya Bibi of Mornai BPHC and Minati Basumatary of Rangjuli BPHC were given Rs 10,000 each as awards for their performance, while Rs 7000 each was awarded to ASHA Supervisors Najifa Begum of Agia BPHC, Bijuli Patgiri of Matia BPHC, Minakshi Das Medhi of Mornai BPHC, Bhogeswari Nath of Rongjuli BPHC, and Somila Khatun of Lakhipur BPHC. The function came to an end with the presentation of vote of thanks from Dr Haren Chandra Kalita, Additional CM & HO (FW), Goalpara.