Death on sale! Meerut hospital selling negative COVID-19 report for Rs 2500
Meerut : Do you know one can buy death for mere Rs 2500 in Meerut (Uttar Pradesh)? A hospital has allegedly been selling the negative COVID-19 test report for the mentioned price tag. A video of the incident is doing the rounds on social media.
In the video, a man can be seen saying, "Pay Rs 2,500 to get a negative report for Covid-19 test. The test will have the seal of one of the two government hospitals in Meerut."
Soon after the video went viral on the social media, the district administration has suspended the license of the hospital and has sealed it till the enquiry is on.
"An inquiry has been set up into the matter. From the video, it has emerged that the hospital’s manager is promising people a fake COVID-19 negative report in exchange for money. A case against him has been filed under Section 420 (fraud) of IPC," Raj Kumar, the chief medical officer said. He added that a probe is also going on to find out whether anyone from the district hospital helped the private hospital in securing fake test reports.
Anil Nausran, secretary of the Indian Medical Association’s (IMA) Meerut unit said, "The government should launch a massive drive to bar those hospitals and nursing homes being run in the state with persons who have no medical degree as has happened in the case of the New Meerut Hospital. "
Nearly, 1117 coronavirus positive cases have been registered in Meerut so far. Uttar Pradesh has had 28,061 cases until now, with 785 deaths and 18,761 recoveries.