Fact Check: Image of patients on footpath is from UP, not Delhi

An image of patients on a footpath with IV fluid bottles hanging on the wall is viral on social media.

By Sabya Singh  Published on  29 Oct 2021 4:44 AM GMT
Fact Check: Image of patients on footpath is from UP, not Delhi

Hyderabad: An image of patients on a footpath with IV fluid bottles hanging on the wall is viral on social media.

Users claim dengue patients are being treated on footpaths in Delhi as health infrastructure has crumbled in the national capital.

The image is being shared on Facebook with a caption in Punjabi that can be roughly translated in English to: "Look at the situation in Delhi. Kejriwal guaranteed better health facilities. Hospitals are running out of space due to an uptick in dengue cases. These patients are being treated on footpaths."

(Original claim: ਪੰਜਾਬ ਆ ਕੇ ਸਿਹਤ ਸਹੂਲਤਾਂ ਦੀਆਂ ਗਰੰਟੀਆਂ ਦੇਣ ਵਾਲੇ ਕੇਜਰੀਵਾਲ ਦੀ ਦਿੱਲੀ ਦੇ ਹਾਲਾਤ ਦੇਖ ਲਓ ਡੇਂਗੂ ਨਾਲ ਪੀੜਤ ਮਰੀਜ਼ਾਂ ਲਈ ਹਸਪਤਾਲਾ਼ਂ ਚ ਜਗ੍ਹਾ ਤੱਕ ਨਹੀ ਤੇ ਅਨੇਕਾਂ ਫੁੱਟਪਾਥਾਂ ਤੇ ਇਹ ਮਰੀਜ਼ ਗੁਲੂਕੋਜ ਦੀਆਂ ਬੋਤਲਾਂ ਟੰਗੀ ਬੈਠੇ ਨੇ।)


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Fact Check:

NewsMeter fact-checked the above claim and found it to be false.

Using reverse Image Search led us to a news article published on October 6, 2021. It carried the same viral image.

According to the article, "Dr. Ashwani Gupta, a BAMS degree holder was running a hospital without authorization in Kathphori. The doctor was using an allopathic system of medicine to treat patients. Since there was a dengue outbreak, he asked patients to bring beddings from home and started treating them on footpath…."

https://m.jagran.com/uttar-pradesh/firozabad-health-22087347.html

The image was also published in another article dated October 5, 2021. It was headlined: "Fever patients in Firozabad forced to get treatment on the divider!"

https://www.mediavigil.com/corona/in-firozabad-fever-patients-are-treated-by-lying-on-the-divider-video-viral-nursing-home-seizes/


Searching further, we found the same image uploaded in another article published on October 5, 2021. "Patients coming to an unnamed hospital in Sirsaganj, Firozabad was being treated on the divider, the health department got it sealed," the report said.

Hence, the claim is false. The image from Uttar Pradesh is being falsely shared as dengue patients being treated on a footpath in Delhi.

Claim Review:Dengue patients being treated on a footpath in Delhi.
Claimed By:Social Media Users
Claim Reviewed By:Newsmeter
Claim Source:Social Media
Claim Fact Check:False
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