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No entry to Muslim patients without coronavirus test, UP hospital puts ad

19/04/2020 at 7:50 PM

Meerut , April 19: A half page advertisement published in a Meerut edition of a hindi newspaper on Friday announced that Valentis Cancer Hospital in Meerut will not admit patients from Muslim-majority areas in view of the COVID-19 pandemic.

According to a report by NDTV, the privately-run cancer hospital in Meerut said in the advertisement that Muslim patients and their attendants would only be admitted if they tested negative for the COVID-19 virus.

The same ad also hit out at Hindu and Jain patients, accusing the wealthy sections of both communities of being ‘misers’ and demanding they contribute to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s PM Cares Fund; it is not known if the hospital claimed to regard donation to the fund as price of admittance for Hindus and Jains.

The hospital is a dedicated cancer hospital with 50 beds and caters to the population of Meerut including Mawana, Sardhana and Muzaffarnagar across western UP, barred the entry of Muslims until they come clean with coronavirus test results.

The hospital administrator also alleged that “several Muslim patients in the hospital are not co-operating and misbehaving with our staff” referring to alleged incidents attributed to Tablighi Jamaat members.

A case has been filed against the owner of the hospital.

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