An alleged notice by the Medical Council of India has been doing the rounds on social media. The notice states that all 3rd-year undergraduate MBBS students and interns from government and private medical colleges in India shall be recruited for the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
Wah government of India kya decision liya he. #mci unqualified students dege seva. But FMGE ke qualified students ni de siege seva. Man gye iss bar transparency ki had hoti he #Sarkar pic.twitter.com/k2ruEIlTPh
— Dr-Govind Yadav (@DrGovindYadav13) April 2, 2020
We fact-checked the above claim and found it to be fake.
Firstly, we found no such notice on the official MCI website. We also googled the keywords from this news and found news reports on medical forums.
One such forum is Medicaldialogues.in, which is a medical and health news portal in India.
An article in it states the content of the advisory as: “Board of Governors in Super-session of Medical Council of India has received several requests for seeking clarification regarding suspension of classes for undergraduate teaching. All Government/Private Medical Colleges are advised to strictly follow various advisories issued by the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, State/UT Govts. and Universities regarding closure of educational institutions/suspension of classes and measures to be taken regarding preventive, quarantine, isolation, detection and treatment etc. for CoViD 19 cases,”
We further looked through Twitter and found a tweet by the Press Information Bureau debunking the claim.
A MCI advisory being circulated on social media, stating that MBBS UGs and students will be recruited for assistance in healthcare against #Covid19, is FAKE.#PIBFactCheck :
The advisory is #Fake. Medical council of India has NOT issued any such advisory. pic.twitter.com/QVekk932mT
— PIB Fact Check (@PIBFactCheck) April 2, 2020
Hence the news is fake and the MCI has not issued any such advisory.
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