New Delhi: Several Facebook and Twitter users have posted a collage of three images with the claim that the Indian army made a 1000-bed hospital in Barmer, Rajasthan in a matter of days. Several social media users have written, “It takes a few hours to set up such Hospitals…And we have only been reading about China doing such miraculous feats and forgotten the achievements of our own army.” The images of circulating in light of the coronavirus pandemic.
Alt News has received several requests to fact-check the images on WhatsApp (+91 76000 11160) and on their official Android application.
The report published by annews.az in September 2019 said, “Russia to donate mobile hospital worth KGS 5.5 mln to Kyrgyz Emergency Ministry”. The article on aze.az is from February 26.
It is important to note that neither of the websites has given picture credit. Since the same image has been used for two different reports, it is most likely a representative image. Alt News couldn’t authenticate who clicked the picture but that it was not shot in 2020.
After a reverse image search on Google, we found the viral image on the website of the United States Air Force. According to the article published in 2008, the image shows a Mobile Field Hospital. “The hospital is designed with climate control systems and is self-contained with all medical equipment, supplies, and pharmaceuticals to deliver comprehensive emergency medical care. The three MFHs can also be integrated to provide one 600-bed facility.” The image was clicked by Staff Sgt. Diane Ducat.
The website also has linked the high-resolution image of the photo. As a result, Alt News could analyse the EXIF data of the image. According to the EXIF data, the image was clicked on March 21, 2006.
After a reverse image search on Google, Alt News found a tweet by Principal Spokesperson, Ministry of Defence, Government of India which posted the viral image in 2015. The picture shows a set up by the Army Medical Corps at Kathmandu Air Base. This was part of disaster relief aid extended to Nepal after a severe earthquake.
— ADG (M&C) DPR (@SpokespersonMoD) April 28, 2015
On March 23, Additional Directorate General of Public Information, Ministry of Defence debunked the misinformation that the Indian army has built a 1000-bed quarantine facility in Barmer.
A Fake input is circulating on Social Media that #IndianArmy has established 1000 bed quarantine facility in Barmer.
This is untrue. pic.twitter.com/ne78m7KCXW
— ADG PI – INDIAN ARMY (@adgpi) March 23, 2020
Thus the social media claim associated with the viral images is false.