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Ramakanta Biswas

Bhubaneswar: Barely a couple of days after a group of students of VSSUT in Sambalpur district were wrongly diagnosed with Covid-19, a similar lapse has come to fore in Rourkela.

A 71-year-old retired doctor, S Suleiman, who was tested positive for COVID-19 through RT-PCR (at IGH Rourkela) even after receiving two doses of Covishield vaccine, has now found negative for the virus.

"Suleiman's repeat RT-PCR test was conducted at Regional Medical Research Centre (RMRC), Bhubaneswar yesterday and the result came out negative for Covid. Also, his antibody test at RMRC showed presence of very high antibody," said an official statement.

"The RMRC is now re-testing the original sample which came positive for Covid at IGH," it added.

According to sources, the doctor had taken the first dose of Covishield on January 16 and second on February 15. However, he developed cough and went for a rapid antigen test which came out Covid-19 positive. He then went for RT-PCR test, which also confirmed his Covid-19 positive status.

Erroneous results from coronavirus tests are becoming an increasing concern for doctors as well as patients. Earlier, 25 students of Veer Surendra Sai University of Technology (VSSUT) at Burla were reported positive for COVID-19 even though they were negative. Additional chief secretary (Health) Pradipta Mohapatra on March 2 claimed that the positive reports came due to faulty coronavirus testing kits.

Odisha State Medical Corporation (OSMC) had issued show-cause notices to two firms who had supplied the kits to VIMSAR, Burla. However, one of the firms, Oscar Medicare, today claimed that the kits supplied by it were not faulty.  

(Edited By Rashmi Ranjan Mohanty)

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