UDALGURI, Dec 23 - The MLA of Udalguri LAC, Rihon Daimari has made a strong case for offering formal recognition which is long overdue to the 1,042 ASHA workers and 101 ASHA supervisers of Udalguri district at the first-ever ASHA convention held at the Bishnu Rabha Kristi Sangha here on Monday by the District Health Society of Udalguri.
�The Accredited Social Health Activists(ASHA) have been rendering yeoman service since 2005 in every nook and corner of the State. However, I feel their untiring services are yet to be recognized by the Government. They get less facilities and less remuneration, yet they render optimum service to the needy people. It is primarily due to their untiring service that the mortality rate of pregnant women, lactating mothers and infants have come down,� he opined.
Daimari pointed out that Udalguri district was still backward insofar as the health sector was concerned. There were myriad problems which merit immediate attention, he said.
Referring to the sorry state of the Udalguri Civil Hospital, the MLA said that he had urged the State Health Department to appoint specialist doctors and other staff at the earliest.
The meeting was also addressed by Jitu Kishan, former MCLA of Panchnoi Serfang BTC constituency, and Tridip Daimari, Speaker of BTC Assembly, among others. The meeting was chaired by Dr Ganesh Chandra Brahma, Joint Director of Health Services (i/c), while it was anchored by Chanda Singh, District Media Expert of NHM, Udalguri. Nomel Singh Borgoyari, District Programme Officer of NHM introduced the guests and Jayanti Bala Deka, ASHA superviser of Khoirabari Block and Raj Donald Mochahari, DCM reviewed the ASHA activities.
Paresh Saharia and Mousumi Kalita, staff of NHM, Udalguri elaborated on the activities of the ASHA workers and ASHA supervisers in the district since 2005 till date with the aid of slide shows and graphic presentations.
A photo gallery on the occasion was inaugurated by Rihon Daimari, Tridip Daimari and Jitu Kishan, while a booklet titled Ashar Botora was released by Rihon Daimari.
As a part of the itinerary, the ASHA workers enthralled the audience with songs, folk dances, mimicry and comedies.