Training for AHSA workers on National Iron Plus Initiative begins

Port Blair
16 Mar 2017

The Deputy Commissioner, South Andaman, Mr Udit Prakash Rai inaugurated the two-day training of AHSA workers on National Iron Plus Initiative and refresher training on all modules of ASHA workers today in the auditorium of the Tagore Collage, organized by the District Health Society, South Andaman under Union Territory Health Mission.
The Deputy Commissioner (SA)/ Chairman, District Health Society (SA) informed the AHSA workers that the Medical Officer (AYUSH) of the DH / CHC / PHCs are assigned as Nodal Officer for ASHA workers to disburse their incentives at the health centre level to avoid delay on receipt of incentives. He also informed that monthly fixed incentive @ Rs. 1000/- for routine activities has been also approved by the Govt. of India and the same is being disbursed to them. Further, he added that the matter of fixed minimum honorarium from the UT grants on the line of Anganwadi Workers is also being taken care of.
The District Health Society (SA) has approached the Municipal Council for providing first preference to the AHSA workers of inter islands in Municipal Dharamsala accommodation, who comes to the Port Blair along with the referral cases. Their accommodation charges will be paid by the District Administration. He also informed that some of AHSA workers have been provided the uniform and rest of AHSA workers of South Andaman will get the same by end march 2017.
Further, DC (SA) asked the AHSA workers to gain the knowledge on the topic of the respective training and serve the community on sincere manner to eradicate all health problems from the community.
Earlier, Mr B. Nagendra, District Programme Manager, District Health Society, South Andaman while welcoming the gathering informed that the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, GoI launched the National Iron Plus Initiative (NIPI) as a comprehensive strategy to combat the public health challenge of iron deficiency anemia prevalent across the life cycle, as iron deficiency contributes more than 50% of anemia in our country.
Later, Dr. Meena V. Natkar, GDMO (Ayurveda), AYUSH hospital briefly imparted the training through power point presentation on all aspects of National Iron Plus Initiative to the participants.
Altogether, 56 ASHA workers of South Andaman are attending the training except inter island AHSA workers who will be trained at their respective PHCs.