The Boat Clinic units at Sonitpur and Barpeta, under women District Programme Officers Moushumi Duwarah and Sapna Das respectively won laurels at the Republic Day celebrations.
The Unit at Sonitpur district was felicitated by the State Minister Planning & Development Mr Tanka Rai Bahadur in presence of the Deputy Commissioner Mr Tapan Sarma and SP Mr Apurva Jivan Baruah. The ANM of the unit Mrs Elizabeth Tigga received the award on behalf of unit at the Republic Day function in the district where the Boat Clinic services were appreciated by the minister. Elizabeth was the only ANM to receive the award from Sonitpur district this year for her work. It may be mentioned that the district administration shortlisted the Boat Clinic unit after a recent house to house survey conducted by a team under the initiative of the district health administration. The team visited char areas as part of an IPPI camp and checked the vaccination status in that area. They were given positive feedback from the villagers regarding the health services provided by the Boat Clinic. The Boat at Sonitpur named “SB Numali has been donated by the Numaligarh Refinery Limited (NRL) as part of their Corporate Social Responsibility outreach in 2011. At Barpeta, the district health society selected the Boat Clinic unit in the district a model worth displaying in the Republic Day tableau.
The unique Boat Clinic health initiative in the state under the Centre for North East Studies and Policy Research (C-NES) – National Rural Heath Mission (NRHM) partnership has been providing basic health services to the isolated Brahmaputra river island dwellers, for most the first time ever in their lives. The Boat Clinics reach out to thirteen districts in the state: Tinsukia, Dibrugarh, Dhemaji, Lakhimpur, Jorhat, Morigaon, Sonitpur, Kamrup, Nalbari, Barpeta, Bongaigaon, Goalpara and Dhubri. Barpeta and Dhubri districts have two units each to cater to a large population. Over 10 lakh island dwellers have been provided health services till date.