DHUBRI, April 22 - With more than 100 percent children covered under the full immunisation scheme of the National Health Mission (NHM), Dhubri district topped in making kids resistant to infections and diseases.
Going by official records, the Accredited Social Health Activists (ASHA), Midwives and Volunteers have immunised 112.74 % of children population of the district. These children not only include kids belonging to the district, but many belonging to families that come to work in different production units, especially in the brick kilns.
It was also reported that immunisation was done on children who thronged the district from neighbouring Meghalaya and West Bengal, thereby keeping the district above the State average of 93.10%.
However, this is not the only achievement for the NHM, as the district also holds the second position in covering children with Bacillus Calmette�Gu�rin (BCG) vaccine, used to prevent tuberculosis.
Again, according to records, 126.53% children were vaccinated, just after Kamrup Metro, where the achievement is 148.27% of the population. The State average in case of BCG vaccine is 98.64%.
These data were revealed at a convention which was organised by the District Health Society at the Dhubri District Library recently to honour the achievement of the ASHA workers and to encourage them to achieve more health and hygiene goals.
Dr Nil Madhab Das, Joint Director of District Health Services said that the main credit to all the achievements in improving the health scenario of the district goes to the �unconditional support and dedication� of the ASHA workers for health services in the community.
�ASHA workers are the main pillars of the health system and they have achieved an enviable record for the district. Especially in the field of vaccination and immunisation, their achievements are simply praiseworthy,� said Das, while addressing a gathering of over 900 ASHA workers of the district who participated in the convention.
Meanwhile, the Joint Director along with ADC Pallav Mazumder and other dignitaries awarded the Best ASHA awards to 12 such workers based on their field-level performance regarding 100% institutional delivery, zero home delivery, full immunisation and maximum family planning services.