“My brother needs bed for covid treatment”: Minister’s tweet sparks questions on health system

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Vijay Kumar Singh, the former chief of army staff, generated quite a buzz when he tweeted seeking help for a COVID-19 positive patient, but was unable to find a bed in any hospital in Uttar Pradesh’s Ghaziabad.

The Union minister of state for road transport and highways wrote: “please help us, my brother needs a bed for corona treatment. Now beds are not available in Ghaziabad.”

Singh’s tweet was one of the thousands of SOS tweets on the microblogging platform, asking for plasma, antiviral drugs, and bed availability as the country is rattled by a severe COVID-19 wave.

VK Singh, who is also an MP from Ghaziabad, later clarified that he is not related to the person by blood and his tweet was for the district administration to reach out to the infected person. “Clarification: I tweeted this request so that the district administration can reach the person in need and provide him with medical care that his brother requires. He is not my brother by relation, but by bond of humanity. I think it’s an alien concept to some,” the Union minister’s tweet read. He, however, deleted it minutes after posting it.

Shortly after, Singh posted a tweet slamming trollers and also informed that the bed requirement issue for the coronavirus patient has been sorted out by the local administration and chief minister’s office. “Am amazed at IQ level of trawls and fastest finger channels. Tweet was forward of a tweet to DM and says “please look into this”. Forwarded tweet is in hindi. Bed needs have been sorted out by DM & CMO , hence to DM. Suggest correct your understanding,” he wrote on the microblogging site.

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