Bhubaneswar: Jamuna Mani Singh, an ASHA worker in the little known Tendagaon village in Balasore district of Odisha was all smiles on Sunday as the Prime Minister Narandra Modi in his monthly Radio address ‘Mann ki Baat’ praised her work in reining in malaria in the village.
While she came to know about her name being mentioned by the PM in Mann ki Baat programme through media reports, there has been beeline of visitors including relatives, media persons and local people to congratulate her.
Earlier on Sunday, the Prime Minister in his monthly radio address Mann ki Baat praised the efforts of Jamuna Mani Singh citing the excellent work done by her to help eradicate malaria through sensitizing people and driving awareness messages for proper medical process to diagnose the disease at early stage.
Stating that through Jamuna Mani, he wanted to honour all ASHA workers for their services, the Prime Minister cited the praise by Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation of the work being done by ASHA workers across the country. .
The PM in his address said “One such ASHA worker serves in a small Odisha village called Tendagaon, malaria infested region. Jamuna Mani Singh has resolved not to allow a single malaria related death in the village. I honor all Asha workers through Jamuna Muni. Jamuna Mani Singh with her full dedication and extra ordinary efforts prepared the people in her village to fight malaria. She spread awareness about precautions and helped the entire village during tough times.” He further added that “The ASHA worker, Jamuna Mani Singh, has been responding to every small fever in her village. She involves herself in treating people on the basis of primary medical education given to her. She lays emphasis on use of medicated mosquito nets”.
An elated Jamuna Mani said these encouraging words from the Prime Minister himself will further strengthen her resolve to work towards eradication of malaria. Earlier, Odisha Government had felicitated her for the excellent work.