DCMs, BACs and ASHAs forerunners in health programmes: MD, NHM


BY | Tuesday, 21 May, 2024

A three-day training of Trainers of District Community Mobilisers (DCMs) and Block ASHA Coordinators (BACs) on Expanded Packages of Services under Comprehensive Primary Health Care (CPHC) at Ayushman Bharat- Health & Wellness Center commenced at Conference Hall, DUDA Guest House, Kohima on 21st May 2024, DIPR has informed.

Exhorting the participants, Mission Director, National Health Mission, Nagaland, Dr. Akuo Sorhie, stated that the DCMs, BACs and ASHAs are like the forerunners in the program and play a vital role between the community and the health care. She also mentioned that, with the paradigm shift which envisage towards the universal health coverage, to bring health care to all, reaching to the unreached population with complete health package, the roles and responsibilities of the ASHAs, being a member of the primary health team in the Health & Wellness Center, has got much wider under the CPHC objectives and so also for the DCMs and BACs being their Coordinators.

Dr. Sorhie also expressed hope that this training will further strengthen their knowledge in tackling the added assignment with much more confidence to provide quality health care services by addressing the primary health care needs for all at their level. She appealed them to recommit in giving the highest priority to this flagship program and transform the Public Health Care Delivery System in our State.

State Program Officer, National Health Mission, Dr. Mereninla Senlem, while giving the overview of the Extended Health Packages under CPHC, said that with the concept of National Health Policy of Universal Health Coverage is all about delivering health care services at the doorstep of the people and for which ASHAs play an important role and the responsibility of DCMs and BACs is to motivate and facilitate them. She added that seeing the shift in the disease trend from communicable to non-communicable and looking at the disease burden statistics have shown that 80% of the deaths and disease burden are now due to non-communicable diseases. She urged all to make the most of the three days program in learning and clearing doubts.

Chairing the program, Deputy Director, NHM, Nagaland, Dr. Manyau Phom, said that, as ToTs, they have a responsibility of further training more than 2,000 ASHAs in the State, and unless they are trained properly, they will not be able to fulfil the target that the State has set and therefore, the DCMs & BACs have to be thoroughly trained. He also added that the ASHAs are closest and part of the community where all the health indicators are assets by the Government and mentioned the team based incentives which ASHAs is also part of the team. In this connection, Dr. Manyau appealed the DCMs & BACs present to make sure that all the health indicators are improved in the State.

During the three days, the participants will be trained on the additional extended packages of Non-Communicable Diseases, Oral health, ENT, Eye, Elderly Care, Palliatives Care, Mental Health, Emergency care (Burns, Trauma and Accident).

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