ASHAs – the First Port of Call in India՚s Tripti Nath 22 Villages

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ASHAs – the First Port of Call in India՚s Tripti Nath 22 Villages

  • Health-related needs have deprived sections of the population.
  • Especially women and children.
  • With difficult to access health services.
  • A fountainhead of community participation in public health programmes.
  • According to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, there are 9,69, 667 ASHAs in India.
  • ASHAs are instructed to provide information to the community on determinants of health such as nutrition, basic sanitation and hygienic practices, healthy living and working conditions.
  • Kit includes:
    • Disposable Delivery Kits for clean deliveries at home
    • Paracetamol tablets, Paracetamol syrup
    • Zinc tablets, Iron Folic Acid (L) tablets
    • Cotrimoxazole syrup
    • Paediatric Cotrimoxazole tablets
    • Emergency contraceptive pills
    • Soap, sterilized cotton and sanitary napkins (to promote menstrual hygiene amongst adolescent girls) and Rapid Diagnostic Kit.
    • ASHA is also equipped with Digital Wrist Watch, thermometer, weighing scale (for new-born) , baby blanket, baby feeding spoon and mucous extractor.

Role of ASHAs in Keeping Indian Villages Away from Coronavirus

  • Indispensable role in rural outreach.
  • Educating village people on arresting the spread of the much dreaded Coronavirus.
  • ASHA workers were asked to cover 25 to 30 houses a day in the assigned villages till the end of May.
  • ASHAs, frontline workers, Nehru Yuvak Kendra, NSS (National Service Scheme) and NCC (National Cadet Corps) volunteers were instructed to ask the villagers to download Aarogya Setu App.
  • The ASHAs are being given performance-based incentives for promoting universal immunization, referral and escort services for reproductive and child health and other healthcare programmes.
  • A significant role in awareness regarding:
    • Birth preparedness
    • Importance of safe delivery
    • Breast-feeding and complementary feeding
    • Immunization, contraception and prevention of common infections including Reproductive Tract Infections/Sexually Transmitted Infections (RTIs and STIs) and care of the young child.

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