In a shocking incident of gross dereliction of duty, a doctor in Uttar Pradesh’s Mathura district allegedly gave his own samples for conducting COVID-19 test in order to complete the sampling target set by the Chief Minister’s Office (CMO). The incident came to light on Sunday when a video showing the doctor giving over 15 of his own specimens for the test went viral on social media platforms.
The incident happened at the community health centre in the district’s Baldeo town. The video purportedly shows a health worker collecting samples from Dr Rajkumar Saraswat. In the video, the doctor can be heard admitting that he is giving his own samples for conducting COVID-19 test in order to match the sampling target prescribed by the CMO.
Later, a person advises him to not give so many samples of his own as it could attract trouble for him. The samples were later sent for testing with fake names, The Times of India reported citing sources.
Dr Amit, another doctor at the same health centre, has raised the issue with the CMO. He alleged that the contractual employees of the facility are being pressurized by CHC in-charge Dr Yogendra Singh Rana to collect fake samples if fewer people were turning up to the centre for tests. He further claimed that COVID-19 patients were being placed under home isolation with fake signatures of the CHC in-charge.
Additional CMO Dr Rajiv Gupta told TOI that an investigation into the matter has been initiated. “Action will be taken against the health official if he is found guilty,” he added.
Inputs from TOI and Times Now news.