BH CORRESPONDENT, Meerut: A private cancer hospital in Meerut has issued an advertisement in a Hindi daily appealing Muslim patients to come to the hospital only after getting themselves and their attendant tested for COVID-19, reported NDTV. And if they have tested negative, only then they would be admitted.
The ad by Valentis Cancer Hospital reads, “Several Muslim patients are not following the guidelines and they are also misbehaving with hospital staff. For the security of hospital’s staff and patients, the hospital administration requests all new Muslim patients that they and one designated caretaker get tested for COVID-19 and visit the hospital only if their reports are negative.”
However, NDTV reported that after the hospital authorities faced backlash over the advertisement, it has issued a clarification in a second advertisement. However, a case has been filed against the owner of the hospital, who has been accused of “deliberate and malicious acts intended to outrage religious feelings”.
Uttar Pradesh is one of the most populous states in the country, where Muslims form around 20 per cent of the population. The state has reported nearly 970 cases of COVID-19 and 14 deaths have been linked to the virus.
Over 150 containment zones, or coronavirus hotspots, have been identified across the state. 70 cases and two deaths have been reported from Meerut, where the hospital is located.