A Himachal Pradesh woman has made it to the World Health Organization (WHO) calendar 2018 for her works as a woman health worker in Mandi district. Geeta Verma from Sapnot village in Mandi district’s Karsog tehsil undertook the campaign of immunizing children in remote villages. While she faced many challenges, Verma did not let any of them affect her work. She wanted to ensure that the medical facility reached the most and the needy on time. While tough terrain and long distances posed as obstacles, she did not let it affect her work.
She has gained a post in WHO’s 2018 calendar for ensuring almost 10 percent coverage under measles and rubella programme in the area allocated to her. Verma was deployed at Shakardehra health sub-centre, in Jhanjeli block of Mandi district. After the campaign was launched on a grass root level, she had to travel long distances on her motorcycle. However, she ensured immunization reached everyone in the zone assigned to her.
According to The Times of India, Verma did not hesitate to go even to the remote corners to immunize children belonging to nomadic communities, taking tough terrains in the region at times. The programme was launched in the region last year in September. Her hard work and dedication were appreciated by Himachal Pradesh chief minister Jai Ram Thakur. He said that Verma was it was a matter of pride for the state that a woman health worker made into the WHO calendar. Appreciating Verma, Thakur said that employees should have similar kind of commitment towards their job. He also lauded her commitment towards serving people with sheer diligence.