CHIEF MINISTER Akhilesh Yadav on Tuesday took a jibe at the Centre’s Smarty City Mission while distributing smartphones to Accredited Social Health Activist (ASHA) workers during the launch of M-Sehat programe in Lucknow.
“Centre only wants to make some cities smart. And here, if all ASHA workers in Uttar Pradesh get smartphones, there is nothing like it,” Akhilesh said during the function held at his residence.
In a veiled attack on Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Akhilesh also claimed that his state had better health infrastructure. “Before elections began in a state (Bihar), the country’s biggest leader had asked about the number of primary and community health centres that have been opened. I suggest that one should take a look at UP. If counted, there will be UP on one side and the whole country on the other,” he said.
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Earlier, Akhilesh also supported state health minister Ahmed Hasan’s statement that while corrupt doctors from the BSP regime have been sacked and sent to jail, the rest will soon be “corrected”. Claiming that the health department was ruined, the CM said: “It is good that Ahmed Hasan always reminds us about the previous regime. We should remember about the working of the previous government.”
While praising the M-Sehat programme, Akhilesh termed it as the largest data collection exercise, which will not only help in supervision and monitoring but also reduce corruption and workload on Asha workers.
The M-Sehat programme is conceived to be the world’s biggest online health services scheme. Under the scheme, nearly 10,000 Asha workers were given smartphones with an built-in app for mother and child tracking system for immunisation and pre and anti natal care among others. The app will contain records of their areas. The smartphone can also be used to report a matter.
Similarly, 2,000 auxillary nursing midwives (ANM) and 300 in-charge medical officers have been given tablets for better supervision with ASHA workers.