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

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
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COVID Warriors: Assam Woman Offers To Breastfeed Newborns Who Have Lost Their Mothers To COVID-19COVID warrior Ronita Krishna Sharma Rekhi said a social media request for human milk made her take the decision to volunteer to breastfeed newborns or provide human milk
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

19,66,15,634Cases
6,33,31,644Active
12,90,85,240Recovered
41,98,750Deaths
Coronavirus has spread to 194 countries. The total confirmed cases worldwide are 19,66,15,634 and 41,98,750 have died; 6,33,31,644 are active cases and 12,90,85,240 have recovered as on July 30, 2021 at 4:07 am.

India

3,15,72,344 44,230Cases
4,05,155 1,315Active
3,07,43,972 42,360Recovered
4,23,217 555Deaths
In India, there are 3,15,72,344 confirmed cases including 4,23,217 deaths. The number of active cases is 4,05,155 and 3,07,43,972 have recovered as on July 30, 2021 at 2:30 am.

State Details

State Cases Active Recovered Deaths
Maharashtra

62,90,156 7,242

81,933 3,980

60,75,888 11,032

1,32,335 190

Kerala

33,49,365 22,064

1,55,327 5,287

31,77,453 16,649

16,585 128

Karnataka

29,01,247 2,052

23,277 685

28,41,479 1,332

36,491 35

Tamil Nadu

25,55,664 1,859

21,207 314

25,00,434 2,145

34,023 28

Andhra Pradesh

19,62,049 2,107

21,279 280

19,27,438 1,807

13,332 20

Uttar Pradesh

17,08,373 60

784 16

16,84,834 44

22,755

West Bengal

15,26,539 766

11,300 70

14,97,116 822

18,123 14

Delhi

14,36,144 51

554 19

14,10,541 70

25,049

Chhattisgarh

10,01,781 130

2,086 140

9,86,175 270

13,520

Odisha

9,74,132 1,615

15,276 489

9,53,088 2,039

5,768 65

Rajasthan

9,53,622 17

259 9

9,44,410 26

8,953

Gujarat

8,24,829 27

268 6

8,14,485 33

10,076

Madhya Pradesh

7,91,796 18

130 0

7,81,153 18

10,513

Haryana

7,69,858 30

712 10

7,59,516 17

9,630 3

Bihar

7,24,719 46

481 1

7,14,596 42

9,642 3

Telangana

6,43,716 623

9,188 126

6,30,732 746

3,796 3

Punjab

5,99,005 58

553 6

5,82,162 60

16,290 4

Assam

5,64,030 1,299

14,114 385

5,44,695 1,664

5,221 20

Jharkhand

3,47,105 56

259 22

3,41,720 34

5,126

Uttarakhand

3,41,982 48

669 3

3,33,952 51

7,361

Jammu And Kashmir

3,21,207 181

1,144 5

3,15,686 175

4,377 1

Himachal Pradesh

2,05,728 229

1,098 145

2,01,110 84

3,520

Goa

1,70,900 90

1,077 5

1,66,679 93

3,144 2

Puducherry

1,20,725 98

972 49

1,17,961 49

1,792

Manipur

96,824 1,000

10,895 27

84,408 1,016

1,521 11

Tripura

78,059 271

3,640 221

73,665 488

754 4

Meghalaya

63,745 731

5,750 294

56,933 423

1,062 14

Chandigarh

61,948 5

37 1

61,102 4

809

Arunachal Pradesh

47,477 335

4,252 49

43,000 383

225 1

Mizoram

37,171 764

11,862 252

25,168 511

141 1

Nagaland

27,653 67

1,299 51

25,798 114

556 4

Sikkim

26,132 276

3,297 180

22,498 92

337 4

Ladakh

20,324 4

60 4

20,057 8

207

Dadra And Nagar Haveli

10,643 1

36 5

10,603 6

4

Lakshadweep

10,162 7

70 6

10,042 13

50

Andaman And Nicobar Islands

7,534 3

10 3

7,395

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  1. Thank you! Thank you! You are a mother many times over.

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