Apart from the existing fleet of auxiliary nurse midwives, ASHA and anganwadi workers in every village, the health department of Rajasthan is planning to deploy ‘swasthya mitras’ in each village to bridge the gap between the health department and patients. The move also aims to bring down maternal mortality ratio and infant mortality rate along with improving other health indicators such as immunisation, institutional deliveries, ante-natal check-ups and also aimed at encouraging people to adopt family planning measures.
There are more than 40,000 villages in the state. The department is planning to have two swasthya mitras— one man and a woman in each village. A total of 80,000 swasthya mitras, on voluntary basis, will be selected from the villages.
Swasthya mitras must have knowledge of national and state’s health programmes and health and medical policies launched by the state government. They will help the patients by providing information about diseases and treatment. Additionally, they will also help create awareness about diseases under Nirogi Rajasthan scheme.
Swasthya mitra will also play instrumental role in preventing spread of vector-borne diseases such as dengue, malaria and chikungunya by encouraging people not to allow mosquito breeding and to keep their houses and nearby areas neat and clean to create healthy environment.
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