ASHA worker Indira Bhai of Gundagurthi village didn’t just build a toilet for her pregnant daughter Bhagyashree, but set in motion a wave of change in the entire Kalaburgi district.
When Zilla CEO Hephsiba R Kolarpati came to know that Indira Bhai built the toilet in just two days, the impressed CEO organised a baby shower for Bhagyashree’s newborn.
During the baby shower, she announced the programme ‘Koosu,’ wherein officials will organise a post-delivery baby shower for families that build toilets for their expecting daughters or daughters-in-law.
According to a report by Bangalore Mirror, the programme ‘Koosu’ will emphasise on the health and hygiene of pregnant women.
“Under the programme after ANC registration officials will check for toilet availability or build one, teach the pregnant women about health, hygiene, sanitation and nutrition and educate them about breastfeeding and newborn care. We will celebrate the bump and motherhood through baby showers organised by the gram panchayat,” Kolarpati told BM.
Women representatives will coordinate with the health department and ensure institutional deliveries and then follow up after the delivery.
Kolarpati has lauded Indira Bhai’s efforts and has encouraged other ASHA workers to take such steps. Highlighting the importance of toilets for pregnant women, she pointed out that in the absence of toilets, pregnant women tend to reduce food and water intake, which leads to malnutrition.
Kolarpati had launched another unique campaign titled Understand Sensitize Help Achieve (USHA) as the CEO of Chamarajanaga, which aimed at reaching out to every girl child in the district.
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