A Facebook user posted an image of a woman lying on the hospital bed. The claim reads, “Dr. Vandana Tiwarai, a female doctor in Uttar Pradesh died due to stone-pelting by local Muslims in a village in Uttar Pradesh where she had gone to screen suspected COVID-19 patients”
An image of a woman lying on the hospital bed is doing rounds on the various social media platforms claiming that a female doctor in Uttar Pradesh died due to stone pelting by local Muslims in a village in Uttar Pradesh where she had gone to screen suspected coronavirus patients.
The text of the viral image reads, ‘Hey friends, there’s sad news. Doctor Vandana Tiwari is no more. Dr. Tiwari had gone to Uttar Pradesh last week to screen Coronavirus patients but Jihadis attacked her and she succumbed to injuries after battling for seven days ‘.
With the help of relevant keywords search, we found several media reports about the incident. According to the media reports, Dr. Vandana Tiwari was working as a pharmacist at the Government Medical College in Shivpuri, Madhya Pradesh. Also, she was the caretaker of the girl’s hostel at the Medical College. On 31 March, her health deteriorated and she was referred to Birla Hospital in Gwalior on 1 April where she died. According to the reports, Dr. Tiwari’s cause of death was a brain hemorrhage. There was nowhere mentioned in any of the media reports that she was sent to Uttar Pradesh to screen COVID-19 suspected patients.
During our search, we came across the fact-checking handle of Uttar Pradesh Police. UP Police issued a clarification on Twitter and said that the matter pertains to Madhya Pradesh. No such incident has happened in Uttar Pradesh.
During our search, we also found a Tweet by the Madhya Pradesh government Public Relations department. They issued a statement given by the chief medical and health officer’s office, Shivpuri mentioning that Dr. Vandana Tiwari was admitted to hospital as she was diagnosed with a brain hemorrhage.
It is evident from our fact check that the viral image of a woman lying on the hospital bed is doing rounds platforms claiming that a female doctor named Dr. Vandana Tiwari died due to stone-pelting by local Muslims in Uttar Pradesh where she had gone to screen coronavirus patients is misleading. Dr. Vandana Tiwari’s cause of death was a brain hemorrhage.
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