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Assam Woman Offers To Breastfeed Newborns Who Have Lost Their Mothers To COVID-19

COVID warriors: Ronita Krishna Sharma Rekhi, mother of a four-month-old girl, has volunteered to breastfeed newborns in Guwahati who have either lost their mothers to COVID-19 or whose mothers have tested positive and are in isolation

COVID Warriors: Assam Woman Offers To Breastfeed Newborns Who Have Lost Their Mothers To COVID-19
Highlights
  • Ronita Krishna Rekhi was in Guwahati, her hometown to deliver her baby
  • Ms Rekhi, a mother to a baby girl, volunteered to nurse other newborns
  • During the second COVID wave, Ms Rekhi decided to provide human milk

New Delhi: Not all heroes wear capes and Ronita Krishna Sharma Rekhi, a lactating mother is a true-blue example of it. Ms Rekhi, a mother of a four-month-old girl, has volunteered to breastfeed newborns who have either lost their mothers to COVID-19 or whose mothers have tested positive and are in isolation. Ms Rekhi is a Mumbai-based celebrity and production manager who had gone back to Guwahati, her hometown, during the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic in India and there she decided to offer both human milk and breastfeed newborns. Ms Rekhi joined the NDTV-Dettol Banega Swasth India’s Saluting The COVID Heroes townhall and talked at length about her initiative.

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Recalling the idea behind her noble campaign, Ms Rekhi said,

This all started one day when I was just sitting and going through my Twitter account and I read about a little baby who lost his mother to COVID. There was an appeal, from I think one of his family members, that they need human milk because the baby was a premature baby and when it’s a premature baby, a lot of them don’t take formula milk. At that time, I was in Guwahati; I had gone there to deliver my baby and COVID cases were increasing there. After reading the tweet, I thought to myself that maybe there is a sound child here who must have lost a mother or must be in need of breastmilk and that is when I thought that I would also want to contribute.

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Ms Rekhi added that during the first wave of the pandemic and lockdown in the country, she helped people in her own way. However, after delivering a baby in March and being a new mother, she could not go out and that made her feel helpless. She said,

I remember, last lockdown, with whatever little we could, you know, as a society, as a responsible citizen, I went out and did my bit. But, this time I was a new mom and I thought this is the only thing that I can offer. I just put it out on my social media saying if there is any baby in Guwahati who is in need of human milk, I am there. I will be more than willing to breastfeed that baby or I will offer them my milk.

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The COVID warrior informed that back in May she was in Guwahati with her husband and brother who supported her decision fully and was extremely happy and proud of it. Ms Rekhi’s husband did ask her if she is sure about the decision and backed her. When asked if there is any risk associated, Ms Rekhi said, there is no harm and added,

Of course, I have to follow a few hygiene measures but otherwise, there is no risk you know because the way you are feeding your own child, you can feed other babies also. At that time, I didn’t think about the risk. I didn’t think about anything. All I thought was, maybe if there is any child out there, in need I can be of some help.

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While signing off, Ms Rekhi reiterated one of the lessons that is often taught to us while growing up, ‘sharing is caring’. Following the same lesson, she took this decision and said,

For me, the biggest thing is, we say that our children must learn how to share. When my baby will grow up one day, I will tell her that you know, the biggest sharing that I could do on her behalf was my milk.

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NDTV – Dettol Banega Swasth India campaign is an extension of the five-year-old Banega Swachh India initiative helmed by Campaign Ambassador Amitabh Bachchan. It aims to spread awareness about critical health issues facing the country. In wake of the current COVID-19 pandemic, the need for WASH (WaterSanitation and Hygiene) is reaffirmed as handwashing is one of the ways to prevent Coronavirus infection and other diseases. The campaign highlights the importance of nutrition and healthcare for women and children to prevent maternal and child mortality, fight malnutrition, stunting, wasting, anaemia and disease prevention through vaccines. Importance of programmes like Public Distribution System (PDS), Mid-day Meal Scheme, POSHAN Abhiyan and the role of Aganwadis and ASHA workers are also covered. Only a Swachh or clean India where toilets are used and open defecation free (ODF) status achieved as part of the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in 2014, can eradicate diseases like diahorrea and become a Swasth or healthy India. The campaign will continue to cover issues like air pollutionwaste managementplastic banmanual scavenging and sanitation workers and menstrual hygiene

World

22,95,44,435Cases
19,20,52,504Active
3,27,83,741Recovered
47,08,190Deaths
Coronavirus has spread to 195 countries. The total confirmed cases worldwide are 22,95,44,435 and 47,08,190 have died; 19,20,52,504 are active cases and 3,27,83,741 have recovered as on September 22, 2021 at 3:49 am.

India

3,35,31,498 26,964Cases
3,01,9897,586Active
3,27,83,741 34,167Recovered
4,45,768 383Deaths
In India, there are 3,35,31,498 confirmed cases including 4,45,768 deaths. The number of active cases is 3,01,989 and 3,27,83,741 have recovered as on September 22, 2021 at 2:30 am.

State Details

State Cases Active Recovered Deaths
Maharashtra

65,27,629 3,131

44,269 960

63,44,744 4,021

1,38,616 70

Kerala

45,39,926 15,768

1,61,765 5,813

43,54,264 21,367

23,897 214

Karnataka

29,69,361 818

13,769 617

29,17,944 1,414

37,648 21

Tamil Nadu

26,48,688 1,647

16,993 9

25,96,316 1,619

35,379 19

Andhra Pradesh

20,40,708 1,179

13,905 483

20,12,714 1,651

14,089 11

Uttar Pradesh

17,09,693 13

194 0

16,86,612 13

22,887

West Bengal

15,62,710 537

7,741 69

15,36,291 592

18,678 14

Delhi

14,38,556 39

400 21

14,13,071 18

25,085

Odisha

10,21,216 462

4,844 103

10,08,226 560

8,146 5

Chhattisgarh

10,05,120 26

297 0

9,91,260 26

13,563

Rajasthan

9,54,275 12

99 8

9,45,222 4

8,954

Gujarat

8,25,751 14

133 0

8,15,536 14

10,082

Madhya Pradesh

7,92,410 8

90 6

7,81,803 14

10,517

Haryana

7,70,754 8

328 12

7,60,618 20

9,808

Bihar

7,25,907 6

60 9

7,16,188 15

9,659

Telangana

6,63,906 244

4,938 53

6,55,061 296

3,907 1

Punjab

6,01,359 36

304 3

5,84,554 37

16,501 2

Assam

5,98,864 441

5,081 97

5,87,970 338

5,813 6

Jharkhand

3,48,139 14

65 10

3,42,941 4

5,133

Uttarakhand

3,43,405 12

249 18

3,35,765 29

7,391 1

Jammu And Kashmir

3,28,214 145

1,450 11

3,22,345 154

4,419 2

Himachal Pradesh

2,17,403 263

1,715 99

2,12,033 162

3,655 2

Goa

1,75,690 107

886 76

1,71,507 29

3,297 2

Puducherry

1,25,618 101

922 55

1,22,864 46

1,832

Manipur

1,18,870 197

2,174 9

1,14,861 203

1,835 3

Tripura

83,956 51

353 7

82,794 44

809

Mizoram

82,815 1,355

15,363 223

67,184 1,127

268 5

Meghalaya

79,817 150

1,878 18

76,558 167

1,381 1

Chandigarh

65,195 7

44 3

64,333 4

818

Arunachal Pradesh

54,190 64

413 3

53,504 60

273 1

Sikkim

31,014 43

627 27

30,007 70

380

Nagaland

30,959 52

470 3

29,832 46

657 3

Ladakh

20,743 6

144 6

20,392

207

Dadra And Nagar Haveli

10,670

0 0

10,666

4

Lakshadweep

10,360 1

9 1

10,300

51

Andaman And Nicobar Islands

7,607 7

17 4

7,461 3

129

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