‘NDC Eye’ used false photos to compare care for COVID-19 victims in US and Ghana

A post by a pro-National Democratic Congress (NDC), facebook page NDC Eye on Monday, May 18, 2020, showed two photos with two different people in a hospital settings.

The post was made with the caption, “CoronaVirus patient in the US Vs CoronaVirus Patient in Ghana. God is watching this NPP Government and their lies.”

The post sought to compare the level of care given to supposed COVID-19 patients in the US and in Ghana, pointing out that the first photo was that of a patient receiving care in the US while the other was of a patient receiving care in Ghana.

It has so far been shared more than 80 times with over 75 comments. Fact-checkghana.com has verified the photos and concludes that neither photo was taken in the US nor Ghana respectively.

Explanation: Ghana and the US are among the countries in the world that have recorded confirmed COVID-19 cases.

In both countries, there are victims who have been isolated and receiving treatment in facilities.  To verify the photos used in the post, Fact-checkghana.com used Google Images to conduct a reverse image search.

We found out that the first photo [which we have labeled A] is of the Head of Criminal Justice Services at West Midlands Police, in the UK, Chief Superintendent Phil Dolby.

It first tweeted on Tuesday May 12, 2020.

Chief Superintendent Phil Dolby tweeted the photo himself via his handle @PhilDolbyWMP as he talked about his COVID-19 recovery journey.

In a BBC news report where he spoke about people’s behaviour during the lockdown in the UK, the photo was used with the caption, “Mr Dolby was put in an induced coma and on a ventilator while in hospital”

The second photo [which we have labeled B], was traced to Nigeria where it was first posted by a user by name M.I Muhammad, tweeting with the handle, @meet_muby. He posted the photo on Tuesday April 28, 2020. The tweet which has seen over 1,100 likes and over 600 retweets, was made with the caption “Gombe state isolation center is driven by vibes just vibes…”

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