Fact Check: Man in viral video is not Dean of Mumbai's Nair Hospital

Social media users claim that dean of Mumbai’s Nair Hospital Dr. Tarun Kothari has asked people not to take COVID jabs

By Tejal Sinha  Published on  3 Aug 2021 10:47 AM GMT
Fact Check: Man in viral video is not Dean of Mumbais Nair Hospital

Hyderabad: Social media users claim that dean of Mumbai's Nair Hospital Dr. Tarun Kothari has asked people not to take COVID jabs

Users are claiming the man featuring in a viral video is Dr Tarun.

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Fact Check

The claim is False.

NewsMeter firstly observed the caption of the video closely and found out that there were spelling mistakes in the same. It was written as 'Din' and not 'Dean'. Also, there is a 'Nair' Hospital in Mumbai and not 'Nayar'.

After which, we performed a Keyword search that led us to a Twitter profile of Dr Tarun Kothari. His bio read; "Dr. Tarun Kothari, MBBS, MD, Educator, Fighter, Activist, Motivational Sp., Author. However, nowhere in his Twitter had a mention of him being the dean of the Nair Hospital".

We then visited the website of Topiwala National Medical College and B. Y. L. Nair Charitable Hospital, Mumbai. The website had the details of all the members of the hospital. According to the website, the dean and director of the hospital and college is Dr. Ramesh Bharmal.

The video further mentions that wearing a mask will cause oxygen deficiency in the body. We, therefore, visited the official website of the World Health Organization. The website has clarified that the prolonged use of medical masks, when properly worn, do not cause CO2 intoxication or oxygen deficiency.

Press Information Bureau had also debunked the claim and said that masks do not increase the level of carbon dioxide in the lungs.

The video further states that the Covid-19 vaccine is causing more deaths than COVID-19 and COVID-19 is a simple flu.

Ministry of Health and Family Welfare said 42 lakh people have lost their lives due to Coronavirus. Press Information Bureau said the number of deaths reported following COVID-19 vaccination in the country is only 0.0002%.

It stated that the mortality rate for those testing positive for COVID-19 disease is more than 1% and COVID-19 vaccination can prevent these deaths. Therefore, the risk of dying following vaccination is negligible as compared to the known risk of dying due to COVID-19 diseases.


An article by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have discussed in detail about similarities and differences between flu and COVID-19.


It is therefore evident that the claim is False. The man in the video is not the dean of Nair Hospital in Mumbai. The claims made by him in the video are False.

Claim Review:Dr. Tarun Kothari has said COVID 19 vaccine is causing more deaths than COVID-19 .
Claimed By:Social Media Users
Claim Reviewed By:Newsmeter
Claim Source:Social Media
Claim Fact Check:False
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