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ASHA Worker Matilda Kullu Features In Forbes 21 Powerful Women Of India List; Know About The Covid Warrior

Matilda Kullu, a 45-year-old ASHA worker from Baragaon of Sundargarh district have now been named amongst the strongest women personalities in the country.

Even after being infected with the coronavirus during the second wave, Matilda resumed her duties after a fortnight and did not hesitate to work for additional hours.
Even after being infected with the coronavirus during the second wave, Matilda resumed her duties after a fortnight and did not hesitate to work for additional hours. (Photo:Twitter)

New Delhi: Matilda Kullu, an Accredited Social Health Activist (ASHA) worker from Sundargarh district in Odisha has been named among the strongest women personalities in the country by Forbes. Kullu, who is a Covid warrior featured in the Forbes India W-Power 2021 list. The list featured the likes of Aparna Purohit, Head of Originals, Amazon Prime Video India, Arundhati Bhattacharya, Chairperson and CEO, Salesforces India, popular actors Sanya Malhotra and Rasika Dugal.

Matilda Kullu has also been felicitated by the local administration for her exemplary services in the fight against Covid-19.  Even after being infected with the coronavirus during the second wave, Matilda resumed her duties after a fortnight and did not hesitate to work for additional hours.

“People did not think of going to the hospital when they fell sick. When I used to advise people to go to the hospital, they used to ridicule me. I also had to bear the brunt of casteism,” she said. “It took years of work before I could make people understand the need to visit doctors instead of rushing to the local witch doctor”, shared Matilda.

“Every day I would get out of home and visit families looking for Covid suspects and then inform the local primary health centre. People were scared of being taken for tests as there was a lot of stigma attached to a Covid patient last year,” said Matilda.

Apart from creating awareness among villagers on health services, her duties include medical care for pregnant women and nursing mothers, antenatal/postnatal check-ups, immunisation, sanitisation, promoting hygiene, administering polio and other vaccines, conducting surveys and so on.

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Speaking about the hardship of her duty, Kullu noted she found it difficult in the past. “It was really bad some years ago, things are much better now. People have become more understanding and less superstitious. The old generation still practises untouchability but that doesn’t bother me anymore”, said Kullu while speaking to Forbes.

Kullu’s recognition has been looked upon by many as the deserving nod to the whole ASHA worker community. These are activist workers, who help villages in many ways including healthcare development as well as conducting check-ups and surveys.

Who Is Matilda Kullu?

Kullu, a 45-year-old woman working in Gargadbahal village in Baragaon of Sundargarh district for the last 15 years have now been named amongst the strongest women personalities in the country. Kullu has been instrumental in bringing the healthcare system closer to the people of the rural village of Gargadbahal. The local hero has now received praises from different parts of the country, for her remarkable feat.

(With Inputs from ANI and PTI)

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