- Anushka Sharma has been active in raising awareness about sanitation
- We have to remember the lesson of cleanliness: Anushka Sharma
- She urges fellow citizens to stop defecating in open
New Delhi: According to experts, maintaining hygiene is the first step to curb the transmission of the new SARS-CoV-2 virus that causes COVID-19. National and international health agencies like the World Health Organisation (WHO), Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW) have been stressing on cleanliness and hygiene since the onset of the coronavirus pandemic. In a bid to raise awareness on hygiene and breaking the chain of the spread of the virus, Actor Anushka Sharma, like many other Bollywood celebrities, has been very active on social media. She has now come forward to raise awareness on the need to follow sanitation practices and eliminating open defecation.
In a video recently shared on the official Twitter account of Swachh Bharat, Ms. Sharma who is also an ambassador of Swachh Bharat Mission can be seen urging the people to stop open defecation and making them aware of the health hazard that it is. Ms. Sharma says in the video,
When women all over the country had decided that they would educate everyone on the lesson of close the door, shun the disease, no one had thought that their initiative would turn into such a huge wave! Today, in the time of coronavirus pandemic, we all have to again remember and remind others about the lesson of cleanliness.
The new video aims at telling the citizens of the country that the COVID-19 crisis can be curbed through strict sanitation processes. The video is part of Swachh Bharat Mission’s ‘Darwaza Band toh Bimari Band’ awareness campaign that aims to encourage people to use toilets and raise awareness on the the hazards of open defecation. Ms. Sharma further says,
If we take care of cleanliness around us, by not defecating in the open, we will keep ourselves healthy and India clean. We will become strong to fight against any kind of disease. Drive the disease out of the country by stopping defecating in the open and close the toilet door at all times.
Watch the video here:
Darwaza Band toh Bimari Band! Our #SwachhBharat Ambassador @AnushkaSharma is back to remind us of this integral thought as #IndiaFightsCorona & we maintain our special focus on Swachhata.#SwachhBharatSwasthBharat @narendramodi @PMOIndia @gssjodhpur @smritiirani @PIB_India pic.twitter.com/dFw3enWAG8
— Swachh Bharat I #AzadiKaAmritMahotsav (@swachhbharat) June 2, 2020
Earlier, the Band Baja Barat fame actress participated in the social media trend – Safe Hands Challenge initiated by WHO to promote clean hands and instil the habit of washing hands with soap or an alcohol-based rub. She further asked her viewers to take out a minute and watch the WHO recommended way of washing hands and follow the routine to ensure one’s own safety and the one around us. The actor also emphasised on saving water and asked to not let the tap running while cleaning hands.
Last month, Ms. Sharma, along with her husband, cricketer Virat Kohli, took to social media and requested their fans to stay at home during the nationwide lockdown and follow social distancing norms with sincerity to keep themselves and others safe during the COVID-19 pandemic.