Doon doc prefers job over attending father’s funeral

Saturday, 08 May 2021 | PNS | Dehradun

In the ongoing phase of the pandemic where there is immense pressure on the health system and complaints of fatigue setting in among the overworked health workers, there are some like Dr Mrinal Kamal who are setting an example with their dedication and approach.

His dedication can be understood from the fact that death of his father failed to deter him from discharging his duty of treating Covid-19 patients in the ICU of Himalayan hospital Jollygrant. Death of father Kamala Prasad Singh in Goa jolted Dr Kamal but he decided not to attend the funeral of his father and continued serving the Covid patients.  Praising Dr Kamal, the Vice Chancellor (VC) of the Himalayan University Vijay Dhasmana said that he has set up an example. He said that there are many Covid warriors in the hospital who are serving the patients while being away from their families.

Dr Kamal said that news of death of father jolted him. “Had I gone home for the funeral of my father I would have been emotionally shattered. Then I thought that the best homage to my father would be to continue serving patients and save their lives. Patients here need me more here. I saw his funeral on a video call,’ he said.

Dr Kamal has treated thousands of Covid 19 patients in the last 13 months. He himself got infected with the disease and was admitted in the ICU of Lady Hardinge Medical College Delhi. He was felicitated on August 9 last year by the government- of India for serving Covid patients.

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