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Kashmir health worker on cloud nine after praise from LG

Nasreen Bibi, a Female Multipurpose Health Worker (FMPHW) from district Samba, vaccinating a local

Nasreen Bibi, a Female Multipurpose Health Worker (FMPHW) from district Samba, says that it was the "happiest moment" of her life when Jammu and Kashmir Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha mentioned her name in his radio programme 'Awaam Ki Awaaz' on Sunday.

The latest episode, aired on June 20, was dedicated to the frontline workers and Covid warriors.

Nasreen Bibi, a resident of Bari Brahmana, has been working in the health and medical department for a long time now. Her selfless service during covid vaccination drive and polio immunisation of young children, besides other door-to-door surveys, has made her a known face in the Purmandal zone.

"It is my job to treat patients and for the last one month, my team is going door to door to achieve 100% covid vaccination saturation," says Nasreen.

"Helping people was always my passion and in my leisure time I like to do social work within my locality as well," the health worker said, obviously quite overwhelmed after her services were recognised by the LG.

She says that during the Covid pandemic, particularly in the second wave, healthcare workers and doctors are working beyond the scheduled hours and its recognition by the higher ups in the government which really gives pleasure and satisfaction.

Nasreen proudly says that she has vaccinated more than 10,0000 people since the Covid vaccination drive has started.

"Last month alone, I vaccinated 3000 people in the door to door drive launched to cover the remaining population in the 45 years and above category."

Referring to speedy vaccination drive in her home district Samba, she said it's a matter of pride for being among the top four districts of UT to cover 100% population in 45 years and above age group with Covid vaccination.

"I know the risk my job carries and I have instructed my family members to try to stay away from me when I am home. This becomes necessary after spending hours in the vicinity of the virus," she says.

Nasreen has even stopped visiting friends and relatives.

"I take care of myself by wearing PPE kits, using sanitizers and using masks but I know there is always an element of risk in my job. However, I don't let that fear overrule my determination. The recognition of your work by the people around you makes you forget all worries, risks and encourages you to do your work wholeheartedly."