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PM congratulates ASHA workers for bagging Global Health Leaders’ Award

23/05/2022 at 11:30 AM

New Delhi, May 23: Prime Minister Narendra Modi today congratulated all Accredited Social Health Activist (ASHA) workers for bagging World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General’s Global Health Leaders’ Award and said that they are at the forefront of the campaign to ensure a healthy India.

Taking to his official Twitter handle, Modi said “Delighted that the entire team of ASHA workers have been conferred the WHO Director-General’s Global Health Leaders’ Award. Congratulations to all ASHA workers. They are at the forefront of ensuring a healthy India. Their dedication and determination is admirable.”

Also, Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya congratulated all the ASHA workers and said that they have played a key role in the country’s response to the prevention and management of the COVID-19.

“Congratulations to all the ASHA workers on being conferred the WHO Director-General’s Global Health Leaders’ Award. ASHA workers are at the forefront of healthcare delivery and played a key role in the country’s response to the prevention and management of the COVID-19,” Mandaviya tweeted.

Praising ASHA workers, Regional Director, WHO South-East Asia Dr Poonam Khetrapal Singh, said, “ASHAs are true champions of health who help bring primary health care to the doorstep of people. Their work has always been exemplary, especially during the pandemic. I congratulate this one million-plus all-women workforce for this truly deserving recognition.”

ASHA (which means hope in Hindi) is a group of more than one million female volunteers in India. They were honoured for their crucial role in linking the community with the health system and ensuring those living in rural poverty access to primary health care services, throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.

ASHAs worked to provide maternal care and immunization for children against vaccine-preventable diseases, community health care, treatment for hypertension and tuberculosis, and core areas of health promotion for nutrition, sanitation, and healthy living, said WHO in its official statement.

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