Meet Parthiban, the photojournalist from Chennai whose family even lost access to the street by neighbours just because…

Parthiban shares his experiences with us while recovering from Covid19. Having tested positive for the coronavirus on April 2nd, he was sent into 14 days quarantine at the Government Stanley Hospital in a new facility dedicated to Covid19 patients. After 2 days, he along with 80 other asymptomatic patients was transferred to another facility, where he says they were made to stand in line for check-ups, food and medicine as the facility was understaffed. The facilities at the center were not as adequate for the patients; the rules were very much relaxed and not as strictly enforced with regards to the distancing of patients. This led to a fear that he might be exposed to an infected individual with a higher viral load even though asymptomatic. The only thing that kept his spirits up was the calls from his family on a daily basis. He was discharged after the quarantine period was over without any further complications.

In the midst of this, his family suffered discrimination from neighbours. The neighbours complained to the local authorities about the family moving in around the markets for buying groceries. This happened even though none of his family members tested positive during contact tracing by the authorities. Parthiban’s family was told to stay indoors and their access to the street was blocked. They found themselves in a difficult situation as none of the neighbours came forward to help them in their hour of need. “How were they supposed to get rations, vegetables,” Parthiban asks, narrating his family’s ordeal. Even the gas delivery to his house was stopped by the neighbours. This issue was resolved once the local authorities came forward to help them procure essential supplies.
“What if someone in your family tests positive and your family is left to fend for itself?” “How would you feel?” These are the questions Parthiban has for everyone, as the stigma and fear are a greater problem than the virus itself. He believes awareness, sensitivity and kindness is the need of the hour.

“I cannot forget the day I came back from the facility. Everyone in my street was staring at me like I was a ghost and a stranger.” This led to a sense of isolation, sadness for Parthiban and it has stayed with him ever since. Parthiban feels that this needs to change, and he hopes that his experience will help in changing attitudes for the better.
“I would come forward to help a neighbour or a friend in need or distress.”
“Let us work together, not against each other.”
“This is the only way we can win the fight”, says Parthiban. He came out stronger in resolve from his battle with the coronavirus. Strong immunity and good health are the keys to fighting this virus, Parthiban urges all to be vigilant and proactive in this pandemic. Let us be the change along with him and join hands for a better tomorrow.

Pathiban’s story reflects how the pandemic has disrupted life as we know it and a new normal prevails. Our brave #CoronaChampions continues to spread awareness and break the stigma through their real-life stories and experiences. The question on everybody’s mind is how to deal with the far-reaching changes it has bought about in terms of attitudes and new behaviors. We all need to showcase empathy towards each other as everyone fighting the pandemic is seeking the support of each other in some or the other way and we all need to be in this together! Please join this movement by sharing this story and helping people who are seeking support and motivation during this pandemic.

Written by Komal Gupta

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Parthiban
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Writer: Komal Gupta
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Meet Parthiban, the photojournalist from Chennai whose family even lost access to the street by neighbours just because…

Parthiban shares his experiences with us while recovering from Covid19. Having tested positive for the coronavirus on April 2nd, he was sent into 14 days quarantine at the Government Stanley Hospital in a new facility dedicated to Covid19 patients. After 2 days, he along with 80 other asymptomatic patients was transferred to another facility, where he says they were made to stand in line for check-ups, food and medicine as the facility was understaffed. The facilities at the center were not as adequate for the patients; the rules were very much relaxed and not as strictly enforced with regards to the distancing of patients. This led to a fear that he might be exposed to an infected individual with a higher viral load even though asymptomatic. The only thing that kept his spirits up was the calls from his family on a daily basis. He was discharged after the quarantine period was over without any further complications.

In the midst of this, his family suffered discrimination from neighbours. The neighbours complained to the local authorities about the family moving in around the markets for buying groceries. This happened even though none of his family members tested positive during contact tracing by the authorities. Parthiban’s family was told to stay indoors and their access to the street was blocked. They found themselves in a difficult situation as none of the neighbours came forward to help them in their hour of need. “How were they supposed to get rations, vegetables,” Parthiban asks, narrating his family’s ordeal. Even the gas delivery to his house was stopped by the neighbours. This issue was resolved once the local authorities came forward to help them procure essential supplies.
“What if someone in your family tests positive and your family is left to fend for itself?” “How would you feel?” These are the questions Parthiban has for everyone, as the stigma and fear are a greater problem than the virus itself. He believes awareness, sensitivity and kindness is the need of the hour.

“I cannot forget the day I came back from the facility. Everyone in my street was staring at me like I was a ghost and a stranger.” This led to a sense of isolation, sadness for Parthiban and it has stayed with him ever since. Parthiban feels that this needs to change, and he hopes that his experience will help in changing attitudes for the better.
“I would come forward to help a neighbour or a friend in need or distress.”
“Let us work together, not against each other.”
“This is the only way we can win the fight”, says Parthiban. He came out stronger in resolve from his battle with the coronavirus. Strong immunity and good health are the keys to fighting this virus, Parthiban urges all to be vigilant and proactive in this pandemic. Let us be the change along with him and join hands for a better tomorrow.

Pathiban’s story reflects how the pandemic has disrupted life as we know it and a new normal prevails. Our brave #CoronaChampions continues to spread awareness and break the stigma through their real-life stories and experiences. The question on everybody’s mind is how to deal with the far-reaching changes it has bought about in terms of attitudes and new behaviors. We all need to showcase empathy towards each other as everyone fighting the pandemic is seeking the support of each other in some or the other way and we all need to be in this together! Please join this movement by sharing this story and helping people who are seeking support and motivation during this pandemic.

Written by Komal Gupta

Social media links to tag to: –

Parthiban
FB: https://www.facebook.com/parthi.b.babu

Writer: Komal Gupta
FB: https://www.facebook.com/tejaswiniwriter
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/tejaswiniaura