GUWAHATI: A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the Jal Jeevan Mission (JJM) and the National Health Mission (NHM) to ensure better project implementation of both missions was signed at Assam Administrative Staff College, Khanapara, on Tuesday.
State Public Health Engineering Minister Jayanta Mallabaruah and Health Minister Keshab Mahanta were present on the occasion, along with other ministers and officials.
Attending the meeting, PHE Minister Jayanta Mallabaruah cited the significance of safe drinking water. Both JJM and NHM need to ensure potable water supply as safe water can enhance good health. He further said that workers and supervisors will be visiting places to ensure the availability of safe water so that people can use it for drinking, storing, and using it for various purposes.
Consumption of potable water keeps the body healthy, fulfils the need for required minerals within permissible limits, and is expected to help the rural population focus on more productive economic activities. JJM and NHM have a collective goal of ensuring good health for citizens. The ASHA workers will play a pivotal role in this convergence because of their connection and their trust with the rural community. The ASHAs can not only highlight their regular topics related to health, but they can also delve deep to explain various issues of preventive, promotional, and curative health through the use of potable drinking water provided through Functional Household Tap Connections (FHTC) and water handling practices.
The Minister of Health and Family Welfare, Keshab Mahanta, said that purified water and good health are essential. NHM will support this initiative in all possible ways to ensure the health and well-being of everyone.
The meeting was also graced by Avinash P Joshi, IAS, Additional Chief Secretary, Health and Family Welfare; Kailash Karthik N, IAS, Mission Director, Jal Jeevan Mission, Assam; and Dr. M S Lakshmi Priya, IAS, Mission Director, National Health Mission, Assam.