The journey of motherhood is a special one and it comes with both joy and responsibility. The Department of Obstetrical and Gynaecological Nursing, Kalinga Institute of Nursing Sciences (KINS), a constituent under KIIT-DU, observed National Safe Motherhood Day on 10 th April at Kalinga Institute of Medical Sciences (KIMS) auditorium on the theme “Play Your Part: Together For Respectful Maternity Care’’ Safe Motherhood Day is observed every year on April 11 with the purpose to raise awareness in the society about the importance of proper maternal healthcare services
services for mothers during antenatal, intranatal & postnatal period. A pregnant woman should have a positive experience at each stage of pregnancy to ensure her child is born healthy. Maternal well-being is a comprehensive effort to reduce maternal mortality. The first event of the day was a sociodrama, performed by G.N.M 3 rd year students at UHTC Niladri Vihar. The drama mainly focused on the significance of institutional delivery and contraceptive uses. The drama depicted a comparison between home delivery and institutional delivery and how it has been affecting the health of the mother and child. Nearly 30-40 community people observed the drama and shared their opinion on the drama scene. The sociodrama was well- acknowledged by the audience, and refreshment was provided to all.

In the afternoon session, the programme was commenced with inter university palm painting competition on the theme with the participation of various colleges. A total of 250-300 participants attended the event, representing AIIMS, Bhubaneswar, Vivekananda College of Nursing, Ashwini College of Nursing, Hi-tech College of Nursing, and KINS, Bhubaneswar. Students from Ashwini College of Nursing bagged the 1 st and 2 nd prize and KINS won the 3 rd prize for the palm painting Inter university quiz competition was held among 5 teams creating a tremendous effect on the audience by revealing its winner as Kalinga Institute of Nursing sciences and AIIMS, Bhubaneswar were declared as the Runner’s- up for the same. The students were awarded at the end of the program.

The formal event was inaugurated by the dignitaries with lamp lighting ceremony. The chief guest of the day was Dr. Dinabandhu Sahoo, Team leader SHSRC, BBSR and the Guest of honour was Dr. Sudarshan Dash, Director, Dept. OBG, PBMH KIMS. Dr Niyati Das, Principal, KINS delivered the welcome address where she stressed on the theme. Thereafter, key note address was highlighted by Prof. Kalyani Rath, Vice-Principal cum HOD, O&G Nursing, KINS. Dr.Sudarshan Dash, the Guest of honor, emphasized the importance of safe motherhood while describing how National Safe Motherhood Day in India is more than just a day; it serves as a catalyst for change.

Lastly, Dr.Dinabandhu Sahoo gave an amazing speech to the audience about the responsibility of health care professionals in providing respectful maternity care. He enlightened on the steps of prevention of MMR rate in different states A Theme based dance was enacted by B.Sc. Nursing 4 th year students in which the performers used various gestures and facial expressions to depict different scenarios related to pregnancy and the unfairness towards the girl child and physical assault happening in the society. At the end a vote of gratitude was proposed by Mrs. Anusuya Behera,Assistant Professor, O&G nursing,KINS to conclude the programme. She expressed appreciation to the audience of various colleges.