NEW DELHI – A video of an Indian priest washing floors at a hospital where he is being treated with his wife and son went viral.
The Minister of Energy and Electricity of India’s northeastern state, Mizoram R. Lalzirliana, said that his actions were not to embarrass medical personnel or authorities, but to set an example for others.
Lalzirliana, 71, who heads the state’s regional ruling party, said sweeping and mopping is nothing new to him, as he has done similar work elsewhere in the house in the past.
“Sweeping, mopping or doing housework is nothing new to me,” he told the news agency on Saturday. “I do this at home and elsewhere when needed.” Just being a minister didn’t mean he couldn’t just work.
When the minister was hospitalized after testing positive for COVID-19, he found that the ward was “dirty.” He called for a man to sweep him, but since there was no worker available at the hospital, he took a broom and swept it.
And in the hospital, he refused VIP treatment and preferred a general ward. “We feel good here,” he said. “The medical staff and nurses are taking good care of us.” The minister also urged nurses and medical staff to be courteous and take care of patients. – Agencies
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