Covid positive Mizoram Minister earns praise online after picture of him mopping the floor in a hospital goes viral


A picture of a Mizoram minister mopping the floor of a Covid hospital on Friday has taken social media by storm.

The Minister is MZP’s R Lalzirliana who is Mizoram's Power and Electricity Department Minister. Lalzirliana, who was wearing a hospital gown was seen cleaning the floor with a mop at Zoram Medical College. According to reports, the 71-year-old minister tested positive for Covid-19 earlier this week and the minister along with his wife and son were in home isolation initially. However, on Wednesday, May 12, they were shifted to the state's only dedicated COVID-19 hospital - Zoram Medical College (ZMC) when Lalzirliana showed a sudden drop in oxygen level.

The minister in an interview with a local news platform said he had asked the ward boy to clean his room as it was 'messy' but the ward boy didn't, so the minister decided to do it himself. “Sweeping, mopping the floors or performing household chores are no new jobs to me. I used to do it at home and other places when it was required to do so,” the minister said. The minister also added that “My motive in mopping the floors was not to embarrass the nurses or doctors but I want to educate and lead others by setting an example.”, he told PTI.

Lalzirliana has received a lot of appreciation from the netizens for his down to earth nature. Interestingly, Lalzirliana had once cleaned and mopped the floor at Mizoram house in Delhi during one of his visits there.

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