Mizoram state's power and electricity department minister R. Lalzirliana is getting accolades for lending a hand to the staff of a hospital where he has been admitted, along with his wife and son, for treatment after contracting COVID-19.
Setting an example of sorts, 71-year-old R. Lalzirliana, swept the the floor of the ward where he is recuperating from COVID-19. He and his 59-year-old wife were diagnosed with COVID-19 on 8 May while their son was diagnosed on 11 May. The three of them were earlier placed under home isolation but were shifted to Mizoram's dedicated COVID-19 hospital at Zoram Medical College on 12 May when the cabinet minister showed a sudden dip in his oxygen level.
You need to be a responsible citizen first!!! Wonderful example set by @ZoramthangaCM GOVT...The Power Minister R Lalzirliana, was seen sweeping the floor of the Covid ward where he is recovering...@MmhonlumoKikon pic.twitter.com/LdSgwSyH6U— Payal Mehta/પાયલ મેહતા/ पायल मेहता/ পাযেল মেহতা (@payalmehta100) May 15, 2021
"My motive in mopping the floor was not to embarrass the nurses or doctors but I want to educate and lead others by setting an example. Our health staff is overstretched and we must all do whatever we can do to help,"Lalzirliana was quoted by news agency PTI. "Sweeping, mopping the floors or performing household chores are no new jobs to me. I used to do so at home and other places when required to do so,"he said.
Mizoram Cabinet Minister R Lalzirliana, Covid-19 patient moped the floor of his ward at Covid Hospital yesterday. Also the Minister shared his dinner (chicken curry) to his roommate. Wish him a speedy recovery. 🙏🏻@alok_pandey @itsmesabita @travelernamrata @epsita_dutta @ndtv pic.twitter.com/iALqxMsFs9— F Lalliansanga (@FLalliansanga) May 15, 2021
Mizoram state is known for rejecting ostentatious displays of wealth, and several ministers, unlike in other states, are routinely seen travelling in public transport or motor bikes, participating in community work and serving as cooks for community feasts during holidays like Christmas and New Year.
Lalzirliana also holds the portfolio of arts and culture, land resources, soil and water conservation in the present Mizo National Front government headed by Chief Zoramthanga.
This the pic of art & culture minister of Mizoram R Lalzirliana mopping hospital floor where COVID patients are admitted. He was admitted on May 11 after he was found positive. Well this is the culture of Mizoram. This brings positivity and a sense of being within safe hands pic.twitter.com/FdLUD1RR8j— Partha Borah (@SatiristPartha) May 14, 2021
The power minister had a message for the health workers too. He urged the medical staff and nurses involved in the management of COVID-19 patients to show politeness as their good care can have a positive impact upon the patients.