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Posted at: Jul 12, 2018, 1:30 AM; last updated: Jul 12, 2018, 1:30 AM (IST)MEAGRE REMUNERATION

ASHAs withdraw support to diarrhoea-control campaign

Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 11

The Accredited Social Health Activists (ASHAs) have withdrawn their support to the Intensified Diarrhoea Control Fortnight (IDCF) campaign due to less remuneration given to them in lieu of their services.

ASHAs across the state have withdrawn their support and have decided not to distribute ORS packets.

It has come as a major setback to the government’s IDCF as ASHA workers are a bridge between the Health Department’s facilities and rural population.

“We are given Re 1 for one packet of ORS distributed by us which is very less. The government has always been indifferent towards our demands while we are doing so much to take the health care facilities to the rural population. We demand Rs 10 for each packet of ORS distributed by us,” said Kirandeep Kaur, state president of ASHA workers’ union.

She said earlier also they had withdrawn their support from the two programmes and the government did not pay heed to their demands.

The other two programmes included giving 8 doses of iron syrup to kids for which they were given Rs 20 per dose and checking iodine deficiency for which they were paid an incentive of 50 paise per house.

In order to keep children healthy, the Health Department on Monday had started the Intensified Diarrhoea Control Fortnight programme in Ludhiana under which teams were to distribute 5-lakh oral rehydration solution (ORS) and zinc tablets among children.

Apart from distributing the ORS packets and zinc tablets, the health teams were also asked to give demonstrations on how to prepare ORS solution and when children should be fed with the solution so that they could be protected from the water-borne diseases.

“Apart from doing our regular duties, we have been given other duties as well which includes various surveys and collection of data. We do not have fixed salaries and are given funds according to the work done by us. The government should pay us accordingly so that we feel encouraged and perform our duties enthusiastically,” said Sukhdeep, another ASHA worker.

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