The country’s frontline health workers or ASHAs (Accredited Social Health Activists) have been honoured by the World Health Organisation (WHO). The ASHA were felicitated for their crucial role in the battle against covid-19. ASHAs were one of the six recipients of the WHO’s Global Health Leaders Award-2022 that recognises leadership, contributions to advancing global health and commitment to regional health issues.

India’s 10-lakh strong health workers were conferred the honour for their “crucial role in linking the community with the health system, to ensure those living in rural poverty can access primary health care services, as shown throughout the COVID-19 pandemic,” said the WHO’s press statement.

The awards were announced during the live-streamed session of the 75th World Health Assembly on Sunday. The WHO lauded the ASHA workers for leading the efforts to provide maternal care and immunisation for children against diseases that can be prevented through vaccines.

Reacting to the award for ASHAs, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said “Their dedication and determination is admirable” and Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya said he was “proud” of them.

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