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The Accredited Social Health Activist or ASHA are not appointed but are selected by the community themselves. ASHAs would reinforce community action for universal immunization, safe delivery, newborn care, nutrition, sanitation and prevention of water borne and other communicable diseases. She will also help the villagers promote preventive health by converging activities of nutrition, education, drinking water, sanitation etc and also play a vital role during Village Health & Nutrition Day. Till date 1887 ASHAs have been selected in the State under National Health Mission
All ASHAs have been trained till the 7th module covering various health topics with emphasis on Home Based Newborn Care (HBNC). Village Health Committee has been formed in all the 1324 villages in the State wherein the ASHA is the Member Secretary.
Village Health & Nutrition Day (VHND)
NRHM envisions holding of Village Health and Nutrition Days (VH&NDs) every month in a village so as to provide Health Care Services to the doorstep of the people. This is an effective platform for first contact primary health care in the rural areas. The main activities carried out on this day are imparting education to the community on various health issues and a host of Health services provided under the Department of Health & Family Welfare (ANC checkups, registration of pregnant women immunization activities, TB services, Malaria treatment etc). Needy patients are also provided along with referral services. Since April to December 8304 VHNDs have been conducted in the State.
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