Girl power: Meet Zareena Bano-the COVID warrior in Bandipora

Girl power: Meet Zareena Bano-the COVID warrior in Bandipora


Suhail Rather



Bandipora, Mar 23: From working in COVID-19 hospitals to heading the surveillance team, Zareena a medico, despite all odds hasn’t called it a day. Since the pandemic began last year, Zareena worked restlessly.


She hasn’t left any patient unattended. Locals, who know her, are all praise for the efforts this female has put together in helping people fight against the contagion.



Originally hailing from HMT area of Srinagar district, like many Zareena also couldn’t imagine going home for months together, but live in isolation while also spending religious occasions like EID’s in hospitals serving COVID-19 patients.


Zareena Bano (ANM) while sharing her experiences said they were doing this as it was their duty. Acknowledging that the health care system was not up to the mark in even the developed nations to cope with the virus, she said, “it was the responsibility of all citizens world over to play their part to combat this deadly virus,” she said. “We are doing our part and we urge the residents to do theirs as well by following SOP’s,”.


While appreciating the role of volunteers when manpower seemed scarce and people gripped with fear, she said, “Volunteers who worked or are working in service of common people needed morale boost and much more appreciation.”


Moreover, Zareena said a wide range of officials including medicos and other administrative offices who are tirelessly working despite risks also need a pat on the shoulder for contributing positively to society and helping in containing the pandemic.


Pertinent to mention, Zareena has worked in level two COVID-19 hospital Pazalpora for one month, when even she did not visit home for three months spending Eid in Bandipora.



Today she is working with the Vaccination team.


She is the first female employee of the department who heads the surveillance team in Bandipora.


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