Crucial Role of the ASHA Workers

Working on a petty honorarium, the ASHA workers have been sacrificing their precious time and energy for building a healthy Bihar. 

Besides taking expecting mothers for institutional deliveries, providing pre-natal and post-natal care, distributing medicines in association with the Anganwadis, conducting the Rainbow immunization programme, conducting pulse polio programmes, campaigning for family planning, encouraging village people to participate in sanitation drives, conducting awareness about the importance of dry toilets and fresh potable water, creating awareness regarding nutrition for pregnant and lactating mothers, breast feeding and child care, proper use of contraceptives and proper personal hygiene, etc. have to be managed by the ASHA workers. The work done by the ASHA workers’ demands a 24x7 work schedule. Many times, they have to go in the darkness of night to transport pregnant women for deliveries to the primary health centre. This is extremely risky because the woman might deliver on the way and there would be no facility. Often the ASHA worker has to awaken the doctors and nurses at the PHC, clean the place and even make arrangements for illumination if electricity is unavailable. Sometimes, if there is a complication which cannot be managed by the PHC staff, the ASHA worker has to take the woman to a nearby hospital and wait there till she is admitted and the child delivered.

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