Thanks to his medical degree, a young IPS officer is not only running the police department of Barpeta District, but also looking after a 50 bedded COVID care centre.
Dr. Robin Kumar is a 2013 batch IPS officer of Assam cadre, who is winning hearts by performing dual duties of a COVID-19 warrior, amid the pandemic. He is currently serving as the Superintendent of Police in Barapeta and is a specialist in Medicine (MD, MBBS) that helps him to look after the COVID-19 patients during an emergency.
With a total number of 1989 cases and 2 deaths, as on 6th September, 2020, the district is witnessing a heavy spike in COVID-19 positive cases and hence Dr Robin Kumar intervened to help the doctors to lessen their burdens. Dr Robin Kumar leads a 50 bedded COVID care centre that includes 4 ICUs for the Barpeta police personnel and their families.
Talking to PTI, Dr. Robin Kumar said that he found himself fortunate to dedicate himself in both the roles of a district police chief and doctor and that gives him immense satisfaction. He also informed that he held a health camp for police personnel above the age of 50 and is also planning to organise health camps for women and elderly people in some parts of Barpeta district.
“When the pandemic struck, I took permission of Assam DGP, Bhaskar Jyoti Mahanta to open a COVID care centre for the police personnel in Barpeta. Now, we are running the centre smoothly,” said Dr. Robin Kumar to PTI.
Dr. Robin Kumar’s selfless service earned him praise from different quarters. Assam Chief Minister, Sarbananda Sonowal tweeted his work as an act of “great gesture of service to humanity”. The IPS association also described Kumar’s work as a “true example of leading from the front”.
Dr. Robin Kumar is a native of Ghaziabad, Uttar Pradesh, and pursued his medical education from Lala Lajpat Rai Memorial Medical College in Meerut.
When asked the reason of joining the civil service despite being an MD, Kumar replied that in 2011 he was infected with dengue and that incident made him join the civil services. “As a doctor, we are one part of the picture, that is curative. What about prevention? As a civil servant I am performing both the roles,” he said.
Assam has experienced around 1,25,459 COVID-19 cases with 96,823 recoveries and 360 deaths as on 6th September, 2020.