Reversing roles with ease, she sheds light on vaccination – The New Indian Express
Express news service
ERNAKULAM: His job is only to supervise. But she fills a variety of roles, including those of vaccinator, data entry operator, observer, advocate, and trainer. From fighting people’s hesitation to calming crowds at vaccination centers, Usha Kumari R – Lady Health Inspector at Pandappilly Community Health Center (CHC) in Muvattupuzha – has done it all.
The 54-year-old oversees the vaccination wing of the CSC, and the awareness sessions she provides during the observation period have been well received by both local residents and those arriving from afar. People come from all over the district, including Fort Kochi and Aluva, to attend his classes.
âAfter receiving the jab, we have to sit anxiously for the next 20 to 30 minutes. But if someone takes the time to engage our minds by explaining how it all works, it calms us down. With her gestures and jokes, Usha makes sure we listen. The experience at Pandappilly CHC was unique. Those who took the first dose there will certainly not miss the second, âsaid Teji K, a resident of Meenkunnam.
Vaccination of the elderly has been underway in the state since March. When people were initially reluctant to accept the jab, she made it her mission to visit a few people’s homes and educate them. When the crowds at CHC became too much for staff to handle, they made it their business to work late, even until 8 p.m., to vaccinate as many as possible.
âSupervisory, data entry, vaccination and patient observation staff work in the vaccination wing. It’s difficult because of the crowds. Some days I administered over 100 doses starting at noon, âsaid Usha, from Palakkuzha. There were evenings when we would deliver jabs with a mobile flashlight because there was no power supply, she said.
âPeople who walk more than 30 to 40 km to visit the center after hearing about it from others is a huge compliment. To my amazement, four elderly men in their sixties told me that they were not coming for the vaccination but for my sessions. It was a joyous occasion. The positive feedback gives us hope and motivates us to continue, âUsha said.
She is an inspiration to all staff and healthcare workers during the pandemic period, said Dr George KA, Chief Medical Officer of Pandappilly CHC.