Picture of Covid patient studying for CA exam in hospital goes viral, but not all netizens are happy


While some appreciated the patient for his grit and determination, some had a different opinion.

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought our normal lives to a sudden halt. Our day-to-day activities were disrupted, work interrupted and education affected. Schools and other educational institutions across the world shut down. 

Quarantined at home in these trying times, it is normal for students to not be able to concentrate on their studies. However, grit and determination can take us a long way, as shown by this Covid patient.

Patient’s dedication appreciated

In a picture that has gone viral on social media, a Covid patient was seen preparing for the Chartered Accountants examination from his hospital bed in Odisha. IAS officer Vijay Kulange shared the picture on Twitter.

In the picture, the man can be seen wearing a face mask and spectacles, with his books and calculator spread out on the hospital bed. He is seen talking to three people standing next to him in PPE kits.

The photograph was taken when Kulange, the District Magistrate and Collector of Ganjam district, visited the MKCG Medical College Hospital in Berhampur. 

Praising the patient’s dedication, Kulange captioned the picture: “Success is not coincidence. You need dedication. I visited Covid hospital & found this guy doing study of CA exam. Your dedication makes you forget your pain. After that Success is only formality.”

The picture has garnered 10,000 ‘likes’ on the microblogging platform, since being shared this morning. 

But not everyone is happy

However, while many appreciated the patient’s grit, there were some social media users who had to say that his hospital bed could be saved for patients who are more critical as the country is reporting a shortage of hospital beds, oxygen supply and medicines. 

“It is good that he is studying and hasn’t lost optimism. But he should be asked to remain in home isolation and the bed should be given to some other person,” wrote one Twitter user.

“He looks good enough to be treated at home isolation.. Bed should be given to more needy ones,” another said.

On April 25, Sunday, Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik announced free Covid vaccination for all above the age of 18. The Chief Minister further confirmed that Odisha is now providing oxygen to six states.


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