Apart from being the frontline warriors in the fight against COVID-19, Police personnel are also connecting with citizens through various humane gestures. In a heartwarming incident, a Sub-Inspector from Uttarakhand’s Bageshwar Police Station quickly rose to the occasion of helping a pregnant woman in labour. The woman was fighting for her life as she required blood while the blood bank was out stock for the blood group she needed. The Sub-Inspector, 27-year-old Nisha Pandey, received a request for blood donation through a WhatsApp group.
On April 10, Pandey was on duty as usual at the Bhagirathi Tiraha when she received an SOS request calling for blood donation for B+ blood group. “I got to know that a pregnant woman is admitted to the district hospital who had gone into labour but the doctor was refusing to deliver her baby until the bank could find blood matching her blood group. There was a risk in the delivery. So I didn’t think of anything and just went to the hospital to check if she got the blood. I was told the donation hasn’t been made yet, so I decided to donate blood as I also have the same blood group,” Pandey tells SheThePeople.
It has only been a year that Pandey has joined the forces and as part of the police, this is the first time she donated blood. Before this, she has donated blood two more times when she was in college.
Sharing her Blood Donation Experience
While Pandey didn’t think it was a big deal as she believes that it is the police’s job to help people in distress in whichever way they can, it was surprising for her that the news was not only covered locally but she also got praised for her work. “Obviously it feels good to be appreciated, but I didn’t think of this when I got the request. We know that we have been working on the frontline during this lockdown and it is our duty to help. At this time when the hospitals can’t procure their needs, we all need to step up and be alert about when it is that our help is required. Initially, I thought that someone else must have donated the blood but then I thought there was no harm in checking at the hospital and the rest is history,” Pandey reflects on the incident.
On asking if she felt any fear because of the deadly coronavirus contagion, she refused and said, “It is normal for us to be on hospital duty as we have to take people travelling in the city for checkups so this thought didn’t come in my mind at all.”
“Obviously it feels good to be appreciated but I didn’t think of this when I got the request. We know that we have been working on the front line during this lockdown and it is our duty to help.”
Working on the Frontline During COVID-19
Pandey is also working on the frontline like any other police officer. She serves two shifts of eight hours each between night and day in rotation. Having graveyard shifts, being out on the roads without any holiday on festivals or during a pandemic, one wonders what is it that a cop thinks before joining the forces? For Pandey, it is because she wants to help anyone and everyone. “In any other job, one can only help people in their department of work but as a cop, we can help several people facing varied challenges,” she tells us.
The woman finally gave birth to a baby boy and this news gave Pandey immense joy.
Picture credit- Nisha Pandey