Women, children in focus of NRHM
Guwahati, August 9, 2006
The National Rural Health Mission is basically focused on improving health of
rural women, children and adolescents besides improving the primary health
infrastructure in the states.
Addressing a technical session on NRHM organized by Press Information Bureau,
Govt. of India, Guwahati at Uparhali, Mirza in Kamrup district, Assam State
Programme Manager, Dr P N Bora said that village committees headed by Gaon
Panchayat presidents were required to be constituted for implementation of the
programme at the grass root level. He said that Assam government is planning to
appoint 855 ANM and 435 GNM nurses in health centres under the NRHM and have
already appointed some retired doctors in rural areas to take care of shortfall of
doctors. As many as 69 community health centers (CHCs) in the state will be
upgraded to Indian Public Health Standard under NRHM besides setting up of 65
referral units. Already 30 such referral units have been set up. The state
government selected health workers called ASHA for deployment in eleven districts
of the state. More such health workers will be selected for deployment in other
districts of the state.
Earlier, addressing the session Sri Partha Gogoi, Regional Director, Central
Health and Family Welfare Department said that substantial amount of money had
been provided to states under the NRHM to improve health infrastructure, increase
the staff strength and provide medicines.
Presiding over the information dissemination session, Dr Chiranjeeb Kakoty,
Chairman of the North East Society for Promotion of Youth and Masses (NESPYM)
called for mass participation in implementation of the NRHM through which the
government has come forward to take up massive work to improve quality of health
of Indian people. He emphasized on the need for popularization of vaccination.