Lack of Bed Availability for Covid-19 Patients in TN
Health Minister Dr. Vijayabaskar says legal action will be taken against the newsreader and actor Varadarajan for his viral social media post in which he alleged the non-availability of beds

Health Minister Dr. Vijayabaskar says legal action will be taken against the newsreader and actor Varadarajan for his viral social media post in which he alleged the non-availability of beds in both government or private hospitals in Chennai for COVID 19 patients. Yesterday, DMK leader Stalin advised the Tamil Nadu government to stop rhetorics and prevent Chennai from becoming a pandemic capital.

Varadarajan’s views in his social post

On June 8, a social media post by Varadharajan, a famous newsreader and a popular actor on big and small screens, became viral. It was against the suffering of his friend, who was suffering from severe COVID 19 symptoms. Though he did not reveal the name of the affected person, he said that he was under life threat due to corona attack. He said in his social media post that they had contacted even higher officials of the government, MDs, Chairman of many hospitals. But according to him, they all have expressed their inability to help. They seemed to have revealed the reality of the non-availability of beds in many hospitals.

Health minister’s views on Varadarajan views

As soon as the Varadarajan post went viral, the health minster immediately spoke on it against his views in a media conference. He ferociously defended the government and the availability of beds in government hospitals.

He contended that only depending on the patient’s condition, beds, and treatment will be available for COVID-19 patients. He also said that the government would not keep quiet on this kind of false propaganda. Legal action under the Pandemic Act will be taken against Varadarajan immediately. His further contention was that the five government hospitals in Chennai and ESI Ayanavaram hospital have modern facilities with enough bed availability for COVID-19 patients. Even without proper medicines for the treatment of COVID 19 patients, the government is tirelessly working to save the people was his contention.

With more than 1,000 people getting affected by Coronavirus in Chennai every day now, are there facilities available for their treatment is a big question among people. Even DMK leader MK Stalin questioned on what happened to decision on converting educational institutions to COVID-19 treatment centers.

The contention of the health minister of readily available beds and no medicine for treating COVID-19 is raising many questions. Compared to increasing infected cases in Chennai, is it correct for the minister to say there is enough availability of beds is what the reporters and people also ask, if there is no proper treatment to COVID 19, why the private hospitals are are allowed by ICMR, Chennai to charge up to 5 lakhs for corona treatment.