Syed Isma Qadri, a nurse and a mother of a baby, hails from Bijbehara area of south Kashmir’s Anantnag District. Qadri was appointed as Female Multipurpose Health Worker(FMPHW )in Marhama PHC in 2018 , and later transferred to Verinag PHC in 2019.
Syed Isma Qadri said that COVID-19 pandemic has put unprecedented strain on her mental health.
Qadri said that she has convinced at least 3000 people in far flung areas by creating awareness about Covid vaccination . She said that initially when her team went to the far flung area of verinag block to vaccinate people, they were reluctant to get covid jab .”However, we were successful in removing hesitancy towards the vaccines among people .We all have to do whatever is in our power to save mankind from one of the worst disasters in modern history ,and thankfully we were successful in convincing people ,” she said.
PHC Verinag employees are all in praise for Qadri, they said that Isma Qadri has worked day and night during this pandemic. Qadri said that after the launch of Vaccination programme in January this year, she was assigned the job of a vaccinator, both at the Hospital and in the field. She has vaccinated nearly 9000 persons, including frontline workers ,so far. Isma has also been assigned with the job of a verifier and a vaccine incharge in PHC verinag.
Qadri added that she wants to vaccinate maximum people to get them rid of this disease .Qadri has vaccinated highest number of people in District Anantnag ,after Shabina Kausar , who has vaccinated about 8ooo people in District Anantnag.
Qadri did her training in the Female Multi-Purpose Health Worker programme (FMPHW) and joined Health Department in 2018.
Qadri’s marathon day starts at 9:30 in the morning and usually stretches to 7:00 in the evening. Qadri reaches far-flung areas with her team by foot to vaccinate people and aware them about the SOP’S and the vaccination. Qadri not only works on these assignments, but she also runs an EVIN portal without any training from the department.
The Army unit of 19 RR in Verinag area has recently awarded Qadri for her hard work and being front line warrior .
Despite working in constant bio threat zones, there are several healthcare workers like Qadri who are doing commendable jobs and showing remarkable grit and professional dedication during this pandemic.