Chandigarh: The Haryana government has decided to establish ASHA Resource Centres at state, district, block and village levels.

At present, there are 14,000 active ASHAs in the state who work as an interface between people and the public health system.

They are voluntary workers who are paid incentives based on performance.

"ASHA Resource Centre would be the Nodal Agency to organise meetings and do follow ups with the support of State Programme Management Unit (SPMU) under National Rural Health Mission (NRHM) State headquarters," a spokesman of the department said.

Also, ASHA mentoring groups would be constituted at state, district and block levels, he added.

State level call centre or helpline would be put in place for verification of records pertaining to pregnant women and newborn, he said.

Support mechanism would be developed at State Headquarter for beneficiaries, ASHAs and Auxiliary Nurse Midwives (ANMs).

This call centre would identify the gaps in service delivery and provide feedback to district, block and periphery.

It has also been proposed in Programme Implementation Plan (PIP) for financial year 2012-13 to facilitate Operationalisation of SMS based work-plans and verification and validating records of health providers and beneficiaries captured in Microsoft Certified Technology
Specialist (MCTS) server across the state, he said.

He said that the facility would be provided to all ANMs, Lady Home Visitors (LHVs,) Public Health Nurses (PHNs), ASHA and Information assistants.

He said that a provision for reimbursement of monthly mobile charges of Rs 100 would be given for using personal mobile for tracking pregnant women and children and coordination with all stakeholders under single reporting system.

(Agencies)

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