NSS Volunteers gear up to fight against Covid-19 in Assam

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Guwahati, May 30: An innovative and unique initiative for capacity building and engaging NSS volunteers on Covid-19 response programme in Assam was successfully launched on Sunday.

It has been organised by LEHS|WISH in collaboration with National Health Mission (NHM) Assam, state directorate of health services (family welfare), Gauhati University NSS Cell & Ramaiah University.

The objective of this initiative was to build capacity of NSS Volunteers on varied facets of Covid-19 prevention and management and to facilitate initiation of a community-based participatory health and wellness action plan in Assam.

Through this initiative around 400 National Scheme Service (NSS) volunteers from various Colleges of Gauhati University will pbe pressed into service.

Arup Jyoti Kalita, senior manager, LEHS|WISH explained the objectives of engaging NSS volunteers in Covid-19 response and capacity building programmes. He said, this initiative was an effort to enable all the volunteers with important information on health and wellness particularly on Covid-19 response programmes. It is expected that information would cascade down to peer groups, people from the communities and families, which would also mean reaching out to the most vulnerable people.

Pomi Baruah ACS, OSD NHM Assam, addressed the launching programme and said that community-led response was one of key strategies to reach the unreached and to support Covid-19 affected people and generate IEC/SBCC among masses.

“I hope this initiative undertaken by LEHS|WISH along with relevant partners (NSS, GU, RICPHI) in the form of a training course and the deliberation is an effort to enable all with important and helpful information and community action and mobilisation in Covid-19 response in the state,” Baruah said.

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