NHM J&K to hire tribal ASHAs for healthcare outreach

Nomads along with their horses walking on a highway leading to Ladakh, at Gagangeer in Kashmir's Ganderbal district. [Representational Image]
Nomads along with their horses walking on a highway leading to Ladakh, at Gagangeer in Kashmir's Ganderbal district. [Representational Image] File: ANI

Srinagar: In a significant move to strengthen the grass root level health services in J&K, Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has approved ASHAs (Accredited Social Health Activists) for serving the Tribal/ nomadic population of J&K.

J&K has a unique blend of diverse climate conditions, cultures, languages, economic practices and other identities. The tribal population in itself is a classic example of heterogeneity.

In June 2021, the Tribal Affairs Department, J&K initiated the first survey of the transhumant tribal population. It was aimed at welfare planning in the wake of the long-felt need for focused development. For catering the health care needs of such nomadic population, J&K has got the sanction of Accredited Social Health Activists (ASHAs). The ASHAs for these areas will be chosen among nomadic population which is surveyed by tribal department.

Mission Director, NHM J&K, Yasin M Choudhary while giving details informed that as per the report received from the Tribal Affairs Deptt, more than 80 thousand transhumant populations undertake biannual migration between valleys or villages and highland pastures, along with livestock.

To provide better healthcare services to these nomads, we have got the approval of about 334 ASHAs from the Union Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, New Delhi.

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