Bengaluru woman ready to donate plasma realises she never had coronavirus
First Published 29, Aug 2020, 5:07 PM
14 days after home isolation, a woman in Bengaluru got herself tested in order to be eligible to donate plasma. But she was in shock after realising that she never had contracted Covid-19.
Bengaluru: An unusual incident took place in Bengaluru where a woman was out in a hospital to donate plasma after previously testing positive for the coronavirus. But during a pre-donation test, it was found out that the woman had never contracted the virus.
Reports say that the patient had developed a mild fever in early August post which she decided to get herself tested at Jayanagar General Hospital. Followed by that an official from BBMP gave her a call to inform her that her report showed she tested positive and she decided to be under home quarantine.
On August 16, after 14 days of isolation she went to the hospital again to get a COVID-19 negative certificate. But it was found out that she never had the virus. It was then found out that the confusion happened due to a data-entry error.
Dr V Ravi, professor and head of the department of neurovirology at NIMHANS, regretted the error and told a news portal “It was a genuine error. The data-entry error was detected during quality check and immediately updated on the ICMR portal by requesting for change of status. In the meantime, BBMP had swung into action.”
From the total 94,000 samples that NIMHANS has tested, 6 data-entry errors were found. The woman complained that despite putting her through psychological trauma, none of the government officials admitted to having committed a mistake.