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Haryana to seek ASHA's services for family planning

PTI  Chandigarh, July 29, 2012
First Published: 19:17 IST(29/7/2012) | Last Updated: 19:22 IST(29/7/2012)

To reduce infant and maternal mortality rates and ensure population stabilisation, Haryana government will utilise the services of the Accredited Social Health Activists (ASHAs) and reward them for promoting family planning.

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ASHAs would be given incentives for counselling newly married couple to delay child birth for two years after marriage and couples with one child to have spacing of three years after the birth of first child, an official release said in Chandigarh on Sunday quoting health minister Rao Narender Singh.

Under this scheme, ASHA would be paid Rs. 500 for ensuring spacing of two years after marriage, Rs. 500 for ensuring spacing of three years after the birth of first child and Rs. 1,000 in case the couple opts for a permanent birth control method after having two children.

He said ASHAs would also counsel eligible couples, who have up to two children, to opt for permanent limiting methods. It would reduce conception rate and lower the risk of infant and maternal deaths, he added


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