To capacitate block level Accredited Social Health Activist (ASHA) coordinators for better implementation of programme under National Rural Health Mission in Nagaland, a three-day training of ASHA coordinators was held from October 21 to 23 at Jubilee Memorial Centre, Lerie, Kohima. Topics such as goals and implementation of NRHM, maternal & child health, village health & nutrition fay, roles and responsibilities of ASHA coordinators, best community level practices, communication skills etc were imparted during the training. The trainees also participated in field visits to Viswema and Chiephobozou CHCs where they were exposed to first hand workings of the health units. 37 participants from various blocks all over the State attended the training
Speaking at the inaugural function, Commissioner and Secretary (H&FW), Menukhol John said the coordinators had an important role to play in the health care delivery system, as they were the soldiers at the grass-root level. He urged upon them to act as rural health educators as the programme was running in mission mode. Others who spoke at the function include State Nodal Officer (ASHA), Chubala Pongen, T. Limsong (IAS), Mission Director, NRHM. Earlier, the programme was chaired by Dr. Watikala, Joint Director (RCH), Department of Health & Family Welfare.
The valedictory function on October 23 was graced by Principal Director, Dept. of Health and Family Welfare, Dr. V. Sekhose. Menukhol John, Commissioner and Secretary (H&FW) and Dr. Vizolie Suokhrie, joint director & State Programme Officer, NRHM also exhorted the trainees.
It may be recalled that the ASHA programme is one of the major component under NRHM, where a trained female community health worker is being provided in every village of the State. The ASHA would reinforce community action for universal immunization, safe delivery, newborn care, nutrition, sanitation and prevention of water borne and other communicable diseases. State had till now, selected 1700 ASHAs at village level and appointed 40 ASHA co-ordinators at block level.