Meerut: A half page advertisement published in a Meerut edition of Dainik Jagran – 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.
The medical facility 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.
In case of medical emergency, medical assistance will be made available on a condition if “patient and the care taker undergo corona infection test after paying 4500/- Rs each”.
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.
While emphasizing, the advertisement reads “New Muslim patients will only be admitted if results are negative” and this diktat will be applied “until the end of the epidemic”.
उपरोक्त प्रकरण के सम्बन्ध में थाना प्रभारी इन्चौली को आवश्यक कार्यवाही हेतु निर्देशित किया गया ।
— MEERUT POLICE (@meerutpolice) April 18, 2020
The advertisement further says that Muslim professionals including judges, medical staff, police officers, Shia Muslims and those not living in Muslim majority areas would not be barred from availing the treatment.
After the incident came to light, Incholi police under whose jurisdiction the hospital falls, in Meerut district was ordered to probe further into the case.