Srinagar: Several images are being shared with a caption that reads, ‘’Exclusive pictures of volunteers from Kashmir university working voluntarily at CD hospital Srinagar”.
A journalist with 91K followers on twitter also posted the same images with the similar claim, while one of the twitter user who is the in-charge of the laboratory where the tests for COVID-19 are actually carried out, in her reply to the journalist said, ‘’ always confirm the facts before uploading the pics, you are a journalist and stop basing your stories on social media facts, instead try looking into real facts, I am the in-charge of that lab these days, and I wonder who authorized to take these picture there”.
Our fact checking team contacted one of the Microbiologist working in the CD hospital laboratory who wishing anonymity said that ”only one or two authorized personnel are allowed to enter into the facility where the actual testing takes place using RT-PCR”. ‘’We have no knowledge of any volunteer working in the restricted zone and moreover using mobiles phone in the facility is strictly prohibited. The pictures have been taken in absence of the senior staff inside the COVID-19 testing laboratory”, said the microbiologist.
”All the volunteers working in the laboratory are not allowed to stay beyond 4 PM, our Head of the Department has issued strict guidelines regarding the operation of the testing facility and the Standard Operating Procedure put in place doesn’t allow any one including the authorized personnel to use mobile phones in the laboratory, not to talk of clicking pictures, such acts are totally unnecessary and uncalled for”. Said another Microbiologist working in the same laboratory.
”The whole world is caught in the eye of the storm, yet we have a section of people who for their personal gains can stoop so low for publicity”