Asha workers move forward to ensure healthy India: PM Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday welcomed Asha workers after receiving them from the World Health Organization (WHO) Director General’s Global Health Leaders Award and said they were looking forward to ensuring a healthy India. One million all-female Asha volunteers in India were honored by the WHO on Sunday for their significant role in providing direct access to healthcare facilities in rural areas and for their tireless efforts to curb the coronavirus epidemic in the country.

Recognized Social Health Workers – or Asha Volunteers – are Government of India approved healthcare workers who are the first point of contact in rural India. “The whole team of Asha workers is happy to be awarded the WHO Director General’s Global Health Leaders Award,” Prime Minister Modi tweeted.

“Congratulations to all Asha staff. They are forward to ensure a healthy India. Their dedication and determination is commendable, ”he said. WHO Director-General Dr. Tedros Adhanam Ghebreissas announced six awards on Sunday for outstanding contributions to global health progress, leadership and commitment to regional health issues.

“Recognized Social Health Activist Workers (ASHA) # More than 1 million women volunteers in India have been honored for their important role in connecting the community to the health system and ensuring that those living in rural poverty can access primary health care services,” WHO tweeted. The message said. “Asha – means ‘hope’ in Hindi. These health workers provide maternity care and immunizations for children against vaccine-preventable diseases; community health care; treatment of hypertension and tuberculosis and the key areas of health promotion for nutrition, sanitation and healthy living,” it says. .

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