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    PM Narendra Modi hails ASHA workers for contribution towards healthy India

    PM Narendra Modi hails ASHA workers for contribution towards healthy India

    PM Narendra Modi hails ASHA workers for contribution towards healthy India
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    India's ten lakh all-women ASHA volunteers were honoured by the WHO on Sunday for their crucial role in providing direct access to healthcare facilities in rural areas and their indefatigable efforts to rein in the coronavirus pandemic in the country.

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi has hailed ASHA workers after they were conferred with the World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General's Global Health Leaders' Award.
    India's 10 lakh all-women ASHA volunteers were honoured by the WHO on Sunday for their crucial role in providing direct access to healthcare facilities in rural areas and their indefatigable efforts to rein in the coronavirus pandemic in the country.
    Accredited Social Health Activists — or ASHA volunteers — are government-affiliated healthcare workers who are the first point of contact in rural India.
    In a tweet, Prime Minister Modi congratulated ASHA workers on Monday.
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    WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus announced six awards on Sunday to recognise outstanding contributions to advancing global health, demonstrated leadership and commitment to regional health issues.
    "The Accredited Social Health Activist Workers (ASHA) are more than 1 million female volunteers in #India, honoured for their crucial role in linking the community with the health system and ensuring that those living in rural poverty can access primary health care services," the WHO said in a tweet.
    "ASHA - means 'hope' in Hindi. These health workers provide maternal care & immunization for children against vaccine-preventable diseases; community health care; treatment for hypertension & tuberculosis & core areas of health promotion for nutrition, sanitation & healthy living," it said.
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