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NRHM steps up manpower across the state

  • appoints 4000 skilled personnel to facilitate superior health services

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Guwahati, 9 th March: As part of an unprecedented recruitment drive, the National Rural Health Mission today appointed 4000 personnel across the state to boost the quality of healthcare available in Assam.

In an auspicious ceremony held at the Judges Field, the Honourable Chief Minister of Assam, Mr. Tarun Gogoi handed over the appointment letters to candidates for the posts of Lab Technicians, ANMs (Auxiliary Nurse and Midwife), GNM (General Nurse and Midwife) and Primary Health Centre (PHC) Accountants, under NRHM. Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Gogoi said, “I am happy that that the NRHM family is on the rise and that has shown on the standards of healthcare that is available today. Since the inception of NRHM, healthcare facilities have not only become affordable, but also the best in terms of quality and I hope this will bring about a revolution in the state as far as health is concerned.”

Also present during the occasion was the hon’ble Minister for Health & Family Welfare, Dr. Himanta Biswa Sarma. “NRHM is today a massive team of highly motivated and qualified personnel who has taken service delivery to the next level. Now with an additional 4000 personnel being recruited, we ensure the availability of quality and affordable health services in even the remotest locations of the state.”

Since inception in the year 2005, NRHM has recruited more than 9000 skilled personnel, on contractual basis, for various posts. At the DPMU (District Programme Management Unit) and BPMU (Block Programme Management Unit) 136 and 405 contractual employees have been respectively employed. These 9000 personnel also include the following contractual employees:

  • 56 Medical Officers
  • 56 Consultants
  • 4454 ANMs
  • 2440 GNMs
  • 245 Ayurvedic Doctors
  • 39 Dental officers ( BDS)
  • 28 District Drugs Store Managers
  • 181 Pharmacists
  • 493 Lab technicians

Over and above, a total of 26235 ASHAs or Accredited Social Health Activities have been recognised to execute NRHM’s programmes at the ground level and to act as intermediaries between the State Management Unit and the intended beneficiaries. However, moving forward, NRHM also intends to add to the already extensive list of ASHAs by another 3400.

Apart from the contractual engagement, NRHM has also generated indirect employment in the form of the daily wage earners who are hired for the civil work carried out all across the state. Indirect employment has also been generated through the transportation facilities employed by NRHM, in the form of ambulances and other emergency transportation means.

Over the past two and half years, NRHM has continuously improved the health-infrastructure available in the state. Be it innovations, be it strategy, what has come to the fore is the skill and foresightedness of the manpower currently employed under NRHM. This manpower guided by able leadership has now ascertained that ‘health for all’ is no longer a distant dream.
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