With Messages Of Hopes And Progress Towards Sanitation, World Toilet Day 2020 Found Ample Support Among Citizens

With Messages Of Hopes And Progress Towards Sanitation, World Toilet Day 2020 Found Ample Support Among Citizens

Resonating with this year’s theme of ‘Sustainable Sanitation and Climate Change’, politicians, celebrities, organisations and other netizens took to social media on the occasion of World Toilet Day to urge people to adopt good sanitation and toilet habits
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With Messages Of Hopes And Progress Towards Sanitation, World Toilet Day 2020 Found Ample Support Among CitizensFrom requesting people to use toilets to asking them to strengthen their resolve to work towards building a healthy world, political leaders, celebrities took to social media to celebrate World Toilet Day
  • November 19 is observed as World Toilet Day
  • The theme for this year is ‘Sustainable Sanitation and Climate Change’
  • India has built over 9 crore toilets under Swachh Bharat Mision: Centre

New Delhi: World Toilet Day, celebrated every year on November 19, is an official United Nations International Observance day. Established in 2001 by the World Toilet Organisation- a global non-profit committed to improving toilet and sanitation conditions worldwide, the day aims to inspire actions to tackle the global crisis of sanitation and raise awareness on the crucial role that sanitation and hygiene play in reducing disease outbreaks and creating healthier communities. The theme for World Toilet Day 2020 is Sustainable Sanitation and Climate Change. The theme this year is in reference to how climate change is causing more instances of flood, drought and rising sea levels which is threatening sanitation systems – from toilets to septic tanks to treatment plants. As the world observes the day, several netizens including ministers, celebrities took to social media to lend their support and shared the messages on the importance of using toilets and developing good sanitation habits.

Also Read: World Toilet Day 2020: Jack Sim, Founder Of World Toilet Organisation And Mark Balla, Author, Talk About The Importance Of Hygiene During COVID Pandemic

Highlighting the lack of access to toilets among billions of people, the official Twitter handle of the United Nations posted,

Toilets, along with clean water & good hygiene, are essential for fighting #COVID19 and other diseases. Yet, billions of people around the world live without safe sanitation services.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) shared a video with an aim to raise awareness among people about the problems faced people living without access to sanitation. It said,

Stop for a second & imagine what life would be like without a toilet. That is the daily reality of over half a billion people.

Secretary-General of the UN also expressed concerns over the lack of basic sanitation among a large proportion of world population. He said,

More than one quarter of the global population still lack basic sanitation. This is unacceptable – from a moral, economic & health standpoint. We must ensure everyone, everywhere has access to safe & hygienic sanitation services that provide privacy and dignity. #WorldToiletDay

Also Read: India Strengthens Its Resolve Of ‘Toilet For All’ On World Toilet Day, Says Prime Minister Narendra Modi

Union Home Minister Amit Shah took to Twitter to thank Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who launched the nationwide flagship sanitation programme, Swachh Bharat Mission, for his commitment towards making India open defecation free (ODF). He tweeted,

India had waited for decades to get a toilet in every household. On World Toilet Day, the nation thanks PM Modi for his relentless efforts towards #Toilet4All. This mammoth achievement reflects a sensitive govt committed towards the welfare of those neglected for years.

Vice President Venkaiah Naidu also urged Indians to ‘reaffirm our commitment to keep India open defecation free’. He said via a tweet,

On this #WorldToiletDay, let us reaffirm our commitment to keep India open defecation free. Poor sanitation leads to malnutrition and increases the risk of transmission of diseases. Therefore, hygiene & sanitation should be our priority for healthy communities and healthy nation.

Union Minister of Railways, Piyush Goyal marked the World Toilet Day and said that Swachh Bharat Abhiyan is the biggest sanitation and cleanliness campaign India has ever seen. He tweeted,

The Swachh Bharat Mission launched by PM Modi ji is the biggest sanitation & cleanliness campaign India has ever seen. This mission has resulted in improved health & nutrition, as well as ensured dignity and self-respect for women.

Anusuiya Uikey, Governor Chhattisgarh urged the citizens to reaffirm their commitment to keep the country clean and open defecation free. She said,

On this #WorldToiletDay, let us reaffirm our commitment to keep India Clean and Open Defecation Free.
Good personal hygiene and proper sanitation will go a long way in building a better future for all of us.

Also Read: World Toilet Day 2020: Next Biggest Challenge For India Is To Sustain The ODF Tag, Says Experts

“Sanitation must come before medication,” said Pujya Swamiji, Founder/Chair, President of Global Interfaith WASH Alliance (GIWA) and lauded the efforts of Swachh Bharat Mission towards making the country open defecation free.

Celebrity sand artist and Padma Shri Awardee Sudarsan Pattnaik created a sculpture of a toilet to mark the World Toilet Day and shared via his Twitter account,

On #WorldToiletDay we must thank our Hon’ble PM Shri @narendramodi Ji for leading the efforts towards sustainable sanitation in India. #Toilet4All. One of My SandArt at Puri beach.

Actor and climate warrior Bhumi Pednekar emphasised on the adverse impact of lack of toilets on education of girls. Sharing a video on Twitter, she said,

Every year millions of girls drop out of school due to a lack of clean toilets. This World Toilet Day, please join me in supporting the ‘Build A Toilet, Build Her Future’ initiative by Hindware.

Actor Dia Mirza also took to Twitter to lend her support to the day.

A user with the handle name ‘Clio’s Chronicles’ shared about the history of toilets in the country. The user wrote,

The history of toilets in India is as old as the Saraswati-Sindhu Civilization. The archaeological remains of the Indus Valley Civilization bear evidence to the use of water-borne toilets by the Harappan people living at Lothal, which is only 62km from Ahmedabad.

Centre for Advocacy And Research (CFAR), a Delhi based organisation conducted a signature campaign in Jaipur to encourage people to strengthen their commitment in building, maintaining and using toilets.

Also Read: World Toilet Day 2020: The Need For Sustainable Sanitation And Impact Of Climate Change

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


Coronavirus has spread to 193 countries. The total confirmed cases worldwide are 17,66,30,634 and 38,22,022 have died; 5,80,25,717 are active cases and 11,47,82,895 have recovered as on June 16, 2021 at 3:30 am.


2,96,33,105 62,224Cases
2,83,88,100 1,07,628Recovered
3,79,573 2,542Deaths
In India, there are 2,96,33,105 confirmed cases including 3,79,573 deaths. The number of active cases is 8,65,432 and 2,83,88,100 have recovered as on June 16, 2021 at 2:30 am.

State Details

State Cases Active Recovered Deaths

59,24,773 7,652

1,41,440 8,982

56,69,179 15,176

1,14,154 1,458


27,77,010 5,041

1,62,303 9,859

25,81,559 14,785

33,148 115


27,48,204 12,246

1,12,792 1,456

26,23,904 13,536

11,508 166

Tamil Nadu

23,78,298 11,805

1,25,215 11,669

22,23,015 23,207

30,068 267

Andhra Pradesh

18,20,134 5,741

75,134 4,879

17,32,948 10,567

12,052 53

Uttar Pradesh

17,03,207 270

7,221 890

16,74,072 1,104

21,914 56

West Bengal

14,68,044 3,268

20,046 1,125

14,30,949 2,068

17,049 75


14,31,498 228

3,078 148

14,03,569 364

24,851 12


9,88,172 609

11,717 943

9,63,113 1,544

13,342 8


9,50,133 172

5,619 848

9,35,658 1,006

8,856 14


8,59,526 3,405

44,358 3,436

8,11,780 6,799

3,388 42


8,21,078 352

8,884 658

8,02,187 1,006

10,007 4

Madhya Pradesh

7,88,649 224

3,610 331

7,76,424 528

8,615 27


7,66,357 228

3,703 374

7,53,584 564

9,070 38


7,17,949 410

4,360 412

7,04,075 813

9,514 9


6,06,436 1,556

19,933 528

5,82,993 2,070

3,510 14


5,89,153 628

10,802 1,111

5,62,701 1,691

15,650 48


4,66,590 3,415

41,184 475

4,21,378 2,906

4,028 34


3,43,793 184

2,646 416

3,36,058 596

5,089 4


3,37,449 274

3,642 266

3,26,822 515

6,985 25

Jammu And Kashmir

3,08,726 715

12,407 1,125

2,92,114 1,830

4,205 10

Himachal Pradesh

1,99,197 321

4,050 382

1,91,737 691

3,410 12


1,63,048 327

4,175 231

1,55,926 548

2,947 10


1,13,192 355

4,668 279

1,06,828 629

1,696 5


61,200 40

486 21

59,917 58

797 3


61,096 785

8,744 301

51,354 476

998 8


60,385 536

4,886 65

54,870 596

629 5


42,759 450

4,430 99

37,579 542

750 7

Arunachal Pradesh

31,938 290

2,849 40

28,934 326

155 4


23,854 101

2,972 229

20,423 327

459 3


19,649 38

552 20

18,898 57

199 1


18,659 209

3,239 67

15,136 273

284 3


15,899 268

3,637 45

12,191 312

71 1

Dadra And Nagar Haveli

10,473 9

61 2

10,408 7



9,297 61

484 36

8,768 96

45 1

Andaman And Nicobar Islands

7,280 11

105 4

7,049 15


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