Green Saree confusing many in C’garh

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 02 Dec 2017 10:16:03


Staff Reporter,


Green Saree has created confusion among common people in the state as to whether the woman clad in this dress at their doors is any Auxiliary Nurse Midwife from the state health department or cleanliness worker engaged under any municipal corporation.

The official dress code for ANMs (Auxiliary Nurse Midwives) is green saree and white apron as per Government of India directives and the state government follows the same. Presently, there are 6000 ANMs working in the state and they are posted in sub-health centres and other health care institutions of the state government, informed Chhattisgarh Pradesh Swasthya Karmachari Sangh (CPSKS) State President OP Sharma and State Convener of this association’s ANM Cell Vibha Sahai.

The ANMs visits door to door for implementing a number of health programmes wearing the dress code stipulated for them. At the same time a number of cleanliness workers of the Municipal Corporation in the state have also adopted the
same green saree and white coat as their uniform, creating
confusion in identification. Even in many private hospitals, cleanliness workers wear the same green saree.

The mistaken identity over the dress has upset several ANMs. According to the health association, the response from several households to ANMs was, “Where were you for the past couple of days? Pick up two buckets of domestic waste and dispose of quickly.” It is not the mistake of common people because they are confused, but at the same time it has discouraged the ANMs, stated an association memeber.

CPSKS State General Secretary Alok Mishra told this newspaper that earlier in 2013, the matter was brought to the notice of the then Principal Secretary, Health M K Raut and subsequently, a directive was issued from directorate of health services for all the district collectors, but the situation did not change and the administration moreover remained indifferent on the issue.

Recently, ANMs under the leadership of the association’s State Working President DK Parashar and Jagdalpur unit President GP Baid has brought the matter into the notice of Jagdalpur district authorities. CPSKS is going to pursue the matter again, the office bearers said.
Its not about only mistaken identity, but if the ANM’s are like cleanliness worker, it’s likely to affect the implementation of the various health schemes in the state, they opined.