Elated ASHA worker thanks PM after hearing her name in radio

Bhubaneswar: Elated over hearing her name in the radio programme “Mann Ki Baat”, Jamunamani Singh, a tribal woman of Balasore district in Odisha, today thanked Prime Minister Narendra Modi for recognising her fight against Malaria.

“I am very, very happy. I cannot express that Modi ‘Sarkar’ will take my name in his Mann Ki Baat programme. I thank him for recognising a small health worker like me,” a jubilant Jamunamani told reporters.

Jamunamani, a native of Tenda village, also said besides creating awareness against Malaria, she and her husband used to dissuade people against black magic.

“The people in this area used to depend on quacks and black magic to get rid of any disease. I and my husband discourage people going to black magicians,” she said.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi today praised an ASHA (Accredited Social Health Activists) worker from Balasore for her fight against Malaria in her locality during the 14th edition of his monthly radio programme Mann Ki Baat .

“We have a network of ASHA workers in our country.

Neither I nor you would have hardly heard or talked about ASHA workers. We had conferred Padma Bhusan to Bill and Melinda Gates last year for their contribution to social work through their Foundation. The two heaped praise on the ASHA workers for their hard work and dedication towards their work.

“One such ASHA worker serves in a small Odisha village called Tendagaon, a malaria infested region. Jamunamani Singh has resolved not to allow a single malaria related death in the village. I honour all ASHA workers through Jamunamani,” Modi said.

Jamunamani Singh with her full dedication and extra- ordinary efforts prepared the people to fight malaria, the Prime Minister said adding she spread awareness about precautions and helped the entire village during tough times.

Odisha government had recently honoured Jamunamani Singh in a special function, the PM said

The Prime Minister also talked on issues like clean energy, energy conservation, Mudra Yojna and climate change in the radio programme.