After the World Health Organization honored ASHA workers, a group of opposition leaders praised their contributions to the healthcare sector and said the government should guarantee them better wages and working conditions. Former Congress President Rahul Gandhi said the award recognizes their dedicated service and the government should ensure better wages for them. He said that ASHA workers are the pride of the nation and they deserve a decent life.
“The 10 lakh women ASHA workers in India are our pride. The WHO award recognizes their dedicated service. This visionary initiative for UPA from 2005 is the lifeblood of our health infrastructure. The Government of Israel must guarantee better wages and working conditions,” Gandhi said. On Twitter “ASHA workers deserve a life of dignity.” Certified Social Health Activists, or ASHA workers, were awarded the Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO) Global Health Leaders Sunday for their critical role in providing direct access to health care facilities in rural areas and their efforts that are indefatigable to curb the coronavirus pandemic in the country.
CPC General Secretary Sitaram Yeshouri said the government should take immediate steps to end their mistreatment. “Congratulations well deserved! The World Health Organization has honored ASHA workers for their critical role “to ensure that those living in rural poverty have access to primary health care services”. Their abuse must end. “The Modi government must act immediately,” Yachouri said on Twitter.
Conference Secretary-General Priyanka Gandhi Vadra said that WHO’s honoring of ASHA workers is a source of pride for the entire country. “The UPA government has appointed the ASHA sisters to provide health services to the last person in villages and squares. In the time of Corona, the ASHA sisters did this work in an unprecedented way, without worrying about themselves,” she said in a tweet in Hindi.
The Director-General of the World Health Organization, Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, announced six awards on Sunday in recognition of outstanding contributions to the advancement of global health, and for demonstrating leadership and commitment to regional health issues. “Accredited ASHA Women Activists (ASHA) are more than 1 million volunteers in India, who have been honored for their critical role in connecting the community to the health system and ensuring that those living in rural poverty have access to primary health care services,” said WHO. in a tweet.
“ASHA – means ‘hope’ in Hindi. These health workers provide maternal care and child immunization against vaccine-preventable diseases; community health care; treatment of high blood pressure and tuberculosis and essential areas of health promotion for nutrition, sanitation and healthy living.”
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