A hospital in Ahmedabad has set segregated wards for corona patients based on faith and religion. As per the reports, the Muslims and Hindu COVID-19 patients have been placed in separate rooms.
Hospital MS Dr Gunvant H Rathod says they have separated Hindu and Muslim patients according to the orders of the government. But Deputy Chief Minister and Health Minister have denied any knowledge of it.
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Dr Rathod said, “Generally, there are separate wards for male and female patients. But here, we have made separate wards for Hindu and Muslim patients.” On being asked the reason for such segregation, Dr Rathod said, “It is a decision of the government and you can ask them.”
According to the standard practice, the suspected coronavirus patients are kept separate from confirmed coronavirus patients until the test results are awaited.
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The hospital has further divided the coronavirus patients on faith. Additional arrangements have been made to accommodate Muslim patients.
The hospital currently has 186 coronavirus patients out of which 150 people have been tested positive. At least 40 of those 150 confirmed patients are Muslims.
Deputy CM Patel told. “I am not aware of such a decision (on wards, as per faith). Generally, there are separate wards for males and females. I will enquire about it.”
Ahmedabad Collector KK Nirala also denied the ‘wards as per faith’ system. He said, “There has been no such instruction from our side and we are not aware of any such government decision.”
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But one of the patients told an Indian publication that on Sunday night the names of 28 men were called out and then they were shifted to another ward.
All the men belonged to the same community. When asked why they have been transferred, one of the hospital staff said that this had been done for the comfort of both communities.
We are one nation, and we are fighting to save ourselves from a devastating pandemic which does not distinguish between us.
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A strong backlash came on Indian social media over discriminating and splitting coronavirus patients over faith. The social media user argued that humanity is needed above communal differences to fight coronavirus.