A social media post by popular Kerala film director has evoked rage among netizens on the much celebrated ‘Kerala Model’ in the management of COVID-19 in the state. Sanal Kumar Sasidharan in his recent Facebook post recounts his bad experiences when the director went to a hospital due to fever that shows the pathetic situation in the state.
Sanal Kumar who was suffering from fever visited a government hospital seeking medical assistance.
“When I arrived at the General Hospital OP, I saw around 35 people sitting under a tarpaulin shed, all eagerly waiting for their turn. It was around 7pm then. But even after waiting for three hours, I didn’t get called. When I asked them when my turn will come, they were surprised by my query, as even the person who came at 2pm was waiting there like me,” shared Sanal.
“Those coming with just a normal fever or flu could end up contracting Covid-19 after arriving at the hospital. It’s not like the government cannot fix such issues. They launched the BevQ app in such short notice. Likewise, an online queuing system should be introduced to avoid such long waits at hospitals,” said Sanal, who left the hospital without giving the sample.
Inadequate facilities for swab collection and lack of human resources seem to be the main reason for the delay at the hospital. “Kerala has had a good track record so far. But such issues need to be fixed,” said the filmmaker. The social media post gives a detailed account of the director who opines that the experience was sufficient to expose the much-celebrated Kerala model. He further says that if the situation continues a massive disaster is awaiting the state.