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JAMMU:  An interstate exposure visit of ASHAs and ASHA Supervisory cadre of J&K state was flagged off today to Panchkula in the State of Haryana by Dr. Yashpal Sharma, Mission Director, NHM, J&K in presence of Dr. Sanjay Turkey, Chief Medical Officer, Jammu, Dr. Narinder Bhatial, State Nodal Officer, Quality Assurance, NHM, J&K and Officers from State Health Society, NHM, J&K. The Exposure visit is being organized by the National Health Mission, J&K in collaboration with National Health Mission, Haryana.

A team of about 90 participants including ASHAs (Accredited Social Health Activists),  ASHA Facilitators, Block ASHA Coordinators, District ASHA Coordinators and  District Programme Management Units of J&K shall visit the State of Haryana, who are pioneer in ASHA Programme, to observe  various activities in the community processes like Village Health & Nutrition Days, functioning of Village Health Sanitation & Nutrition Committees, Home Based New born Care, Gram Sabha, functioning of Panchayati Raj Institutions and various other best practices. Further best innovations in the health care at grass root & community level will also be observed so that the same are replicated in our state for providing the best health care in the state. ASHAsshall also visit the villages where ASHAs have been given the status of SHO to monitor PC&PNDTto save the girl child in the State. 

With this Interstate Exposure Visit, ASHAs and ASHA Cadre shall be motivated to work with zeal & enthusiasm to work towards achieving standards of excellence regarding implementation of ASHA Programme in the stateso that the State remains one among the top rankers for its best practices and innovations in ASHA Programme. This Exposure Visit for ASHAs and ASHA supervisory cadre is second of its kind as during the previous year, the ASHAs and ASHA cadres were sent to the State of Chhattisgarh to observe the best practices being practiced in the State of Chhattisgarh. It is pertinent to mention that the unique institutionalization of ASHA Cadre of the J&K State has been awarded by Govt. of India and Govt. of Rajasthan as the best structure in the country.