In India, the role of health workers is not recognized that much even when they play a crucial role in healthcare services like maternal health initiatives, vaccine distribution etc in rural areas. Geeta Verma, a woman health worker from Himachal Pradesh has been featured on World Health Organisation (WHO) calendar 2018 for her dedication towards the campaign of immunizing children in remote villages.

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Geeta grew up in Sapnot village in Mandi district’s Karsog tehsil. She was posted at Shakardehra health sub-center, in Jhanjeli block of Mandi district. Geeta was conducting campaigns to provide vaccines and immunizing children in remote villages.

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According to The Times of India, the campaign was launched on a grass root level last year. So Geeta had to cover all the assigned areas under measles and rubella programme. To achieve her goal she had to overcome many obstacles. Though she had to walk and trek worst of the terrains to reach the areas allocated to her, anyhow she always made sure that no one missed the vaccines and covered almost every places.

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Geeta also rode her motorcycle on a bumpy road in the Seraj valley while carrying measles-rubella (MR) vaccine box to Raygarh. The picture of her on riding the motorcycle went viral on social media platforms and got her fame.

Chief minister Jai Ram Thakur congratulated Geeta for her achievement and appreciated her commitment towards her job. “She has made our state proud,” he said in the press release.

We appreciate the determination and spirit of Geeta in taking care of her area despite geographical constraints. Hats off to workers like her, who are contributing to the making of a better India without any recognition and fame.

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