3000 ASHAs appear in NIOS exam
At least 3000 Accredited Social Health Activists (ASHAs) of National Health Mission appeared in the theory examination for certification conducted by National Institute of Open Schooling (NIOS) across India on Tuesday.
An NHM spokesperson said NIOS conducted exams in all the districts of Jammu and Kashmir for accreditation in which 3000 ASHAs appeared.
“In Jammu division a total of 1539 appeared in the examination while a total of 1418 appeared in the examination in Kashmir division,” he said.
In Kashmir, 119 appeared in Anantnag; 101 in Bandipora, 399 in Baramulla; 117 in Budgam; 41 in Ganderbal; 120 in Kulgam; 69 appeared out of 69 trained in Kupwara; 196 in Pulwama; 118 appeared in Shopian and 128 in Srinagar.
Similarly, in Jammu division 150 ASHAs appeared in Jammu, ; 121 in Doda; 113 in Kathua, 120 in Kishtwa,119 in Poonch, 296 appeared in Rajouri; 118 in Ramban; 119 in Reasi, 199 in Samba and 184 appeared out of 188 train in Udhampur.
“ASHAs being engaged by NHM are bridge between Health Department and the community. All the health schemes of NHM and J&K Government are being implemented by ASHAs at the grass root level,” he said.
In view of the importance of ASHAs for health care delivery, NHM has started the project of certification of all ASHAs.
The ASHA certificationis a Government of India initiative and third party accreditation for stabilizing level of quality in ASHA and their cadres as they deal with all the National Health Programs for pregnant women, vaccinations, communicable diseases, tuberculosis and leprosy.
The statement said the project is a tripartite arrangement between the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW), National Health Systems Resource Centre (NHSRC) and the NIOS to undertake the process of accreditation of State & District trainers, State & District training sites and certification for ASHAs.
“ASHAs have to pass through ten days’ rigorous residential training schedule at district training sites along with practical and skill tests for appearing in final theory examination for certification at all India level.,” it said.
The certification of ASHAs has been envisaged to provide a legal and administrative framework within which the ASHA would be eligible and responsible for providing community level care for a range of illnesses.
“This would enhance the competency and professional credibility of ASHAs, provide an assurance to the community on the quality of services being provided by them. It would also promote a sense of self recognition within the ASHA,” the statement said.
As per officials, about 13000 ASHAs have been engaged in the Union Territory of J&K and all ASHAs would be certified in phased manner by NIOS in two years.
The department is targeting that 3000 ASHAs would appear in the all India examination after every six months by NIOS to create a pool of health activists in J&K.
The spokesperson said the focus is that after 2022, no ASHA would be left uncertified in Jammu and Kashmir.
The project is monitored by Financial Commissioner, Health & Medical Education, Atal Duloo, Mission Director NHM, Bhupinder Kumar and has a support of Chairman, NIOS, ProfChanderBhushan Sharma and National Project Director, NIOS, Alok Mishra.
The spokesperson said several visits have been made by the Project Director, NIOS in J&K in all the districts to oversee the preparedness of training sites.
Last year, the government announced that the ASHAs would get social security and would be provided insurance and pension benefits.