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Contribution of ASHA workers in improving health sector in Dhubri lauded

Sentinel Digital DeskBy : Sentinel Digital Desk

  |  28 March 2018 12:00 AM GMT

a Correspondent

DHUBRI, March 27: The day-long third convention of ASHA (Accredited Social Health Activist) of Dhubri district, was held under the auspices of Dhubri District Health Society at Sankardev Sishu Udyan here on Monday. Prior to beginning of the convention, a long procession was taken out in Dhubri town led by the ASHA supervisors. While delivering the welcome address in the convention, Dhubri Joint Director of Health Services, Dr. Syed Emdadullah lauded the hard work by ASHA workers and their contribution amid steep hurdles and challenges.

“Dhubri district is one of 115 high priority districts in the country and achieving 94 to 95 per cent target in field of immunization has been possible only due to dedicated service rendered by ASHA workers,” Dr Emdadullah said.

Dr Emdadullah informed that when ASHA had started its activities in 2005, the percentage of institutiol delivery was only 20 per cent but now it had shot up to 57 per cent, and credit of this entirely went to the awareness campaign by ASHA workers in the rural areas. He added that for their commendable services, health condition of the rural community had improved in almost all health indicators of the district and thus, the ASHA workers had become the backbone of the Dhubri health sector.

A host of speakers, including Dhubri Additiol Chief Medical and Health Officer (Family Welfare), Dr bin Bhuyan, District ASHA Nodal Officer Dr Sukriti Das Purkaystha, District Immunization Officer Dr Joydeep Bhattacharya, other dignitaries and hundreds of ASHA workers and employees of health service addressed the convention and highlighted the works and contribution of ASHA workers.

Several ASHA workers also shared their views on various challenges being faced by them in discharging their duties and delivering their services. “Our job condition is much harder compared to other districts as here in this district most of the ASHA workers have to walk kilometres owing to no road communication,” said an ASHA worker. There are 1,941 ASHA workers working in both rural and urban areas and 131 ASHA supervisors under seven block primary health centres in Dhubri district.

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