ASHA Current Affairs - 2020

State Health Register to be launched by Karnataka Government: First of its Kind

On May 27, 2020, the Karnataka State Government announced that it will launch a “State Health Register” to collect data of all its citizens. The register is first of its kind in the country.

Highlights

The register will hold names of all the citizens of the state. The need to maintain such a register has been raised by COVID-19. The project is to be launched from Chikkaballapur district in Karnataka.

About the register

The register is to be created in the future with 50% partnership from private hospitals. The State Government is to undertake a survey including every person of the state. The current population of Karnataka is 6.5 crores.

The survey is to be conducted through ASHA workers, educational department staffs, staffs in primary health centre and revenue officials.

About the survey

The survey to create the register is to be conducted by visiting to each and every household. The data will help the state government in allocating funds, better implementation of the schemes, efficient resource management.

“Nigah” Scheme to be launched by Himachal Pradesh Government

The Himachal Pradesh Government is to launch a new programme called “Nigah”. The programme aims at educating family members that are coming from other parts of the country.

Highlights

The Nigah Programme is to deploy ASHA, anganwadi and health workers to create awareness about maintaining social distancing during home quarantine. Under the programme the health workers will sensitize the members of the family that are arriving from other states.

Significance

The GoI had recently launched train and bus facilities for the migrants stranded in different states to reach their home town. Disinfectants were sprayed on them during their stay in quarantine camps. Also, strict social distancing was followed during their stay. However, they were not tested for COVID-19 infections.

Therefore, programme like Nigah will help to keep the family members of these migrated workers till they are tested for the infection. Also, these measures will help save the family members from possible infections.

ASHA

ASHA is Accredited Social Health Activist. ASHA workers are trained female community health activist. These women are selected from the community where they are to be employed. The ASHA scheme is presently implemented in 33 states except Goa, Puducherry and Chandigarh.

ASHA workers are deployed in both rural and urban areas. The ASHA worker should have at least completed Class X.