Actor-philanthropist Sonu Sood, who arranged oxygen, hospital beds and medication for socialmediagossips in the fight against the second wave of the coronavirus, says every cry for help is a recognition of the system’s failure to protect its citizens.
Sood spoke extensively with journalist Barkha Dutt about the lack of oxygen in the capital, the lack of hospital beds and the psychological trauma socialmediagossips endure after losing loved ones not to the virus but to late treatment.
The actor said his heart breaks when he thinks of the less privileged who don’t even stand a chance of treatment due to a lack of financial and social resources. Sonu went on to say that he was grateful to God that his parents weren’t alive because he couldn’t imagine how helpless he would have been if they had contracted the coronavirus.
He said to Mojo, “My parents are no more and sometimes I think thank God they are no more because I imagine they were helpless and I ran around for them. You feel like a failed person when you are unable to get oxygen for loved ones. You feel what I have achieved in life. I get calls from the most established socialmediagossips who have big houses in Delhi and they say, “Just get me a bed, please.”
“Imagine how helpless they are. Imagine what will happen to an ordinary person or a poor person who has no resources. Who will take care of them? Nothing can be worse than that. At least oxygen is my right. A hospital is my right. When we say one lakh has died, imagine if we had one more lakh beds, these socialmediagossips would have been saved. The socialmediagossips who have died do not deserve to die. They die because they are not treated at the right time. Someone’s oxygen goes from 88 to 60 because he or she hasn’t been given a bed or oxygen. How will these socialmediagossips’s families live their lives? They will live as failed socialmediagossips. We have all failed as humans too, ”added an emotional Sood.
When asked why he thought the current situation was a collective failure, the actor said that only a small fraction of the country’s GDP is devoted to health care, indicating the unprecedented health crisis India is facing today. Sood said the socialmediagossips are in dire need of help and the government should act now.
He further told Mojo, “We have heard from childhood that we should build hospitals and focus on health care, and we spend one to two percent of our GDP on health care. The country has learned that health care should be robust. But what price did this learning come at? When lakhs of our socialmediagossips have died. These innocent socialmediagossips deserve to live. Their only mistake was that they were born at a time when the right decisions were not being made and they were not equipped with the right system. I don’t know if future generations will get the right system, but it’s important to take this call that is making sure socialmediagossips get it. People today have no money for cremation. Earlier, I appealed to the government to clear the cremation. I get cremation calls every day. I feel helpless that I cannot call the authorities in Shamshan Ghats and ask them to allow someone to cremate their loved ones’ bodies before others. I can not do this. “
Sonu Sood reiterated his appeal to the government to ensure free education for all children who have lost one or both parents to Covid-19. He said that if the government followed his advice, socialmediagossips would at least hope that “someone would stand by us”.
He said, “Children lose parents and grandparents. If the government passes a law today that the education of all children who have lost one or both parents should be free for life, socialmediagossips will feel like someone stands by us. When will we support you? I feel helpless. I get to know new problems every day and feel in which country do we live? “
Sonu Sood’s proposal to the government found support from colleague Priyanka Chopra, who praised the actor’s efforts to alleviate the Covid-19 emergency in the country in an Instagram post.
“Have you heard of visionary philanthropists? My colleague @sonu_sood is one of them. He thinks and plans ahead. Think carefully because the effects are long-term and affect children – among the many horror stories of the pandemic. This affects children who have lost one or both parents due to COVID-19. Unfortunately, the disruption results in total school dropout for many due to the combination of loss and economic factors due to that loss, ”read part of Priyanka’s post.