Bihar sets up 10 teams to check testing data in all 38 districts


Probes began in 26 districts and show-cause notices have been sent to medical officers in charge of Primary Health Centres in Araria, Forbesganj and the Purnaiah PHC of Sheohar.

Records from Jamui and Sheikhpura show how in several cases, the mobile numbers provided for those tested were owned by unrelated people from other districts or even states. In some cases, multiple unrelated persons were listed under one number. In a few cases, the numbers used were those of the PHC staffers themselves. This would make it more challenging to do contact-tracing if the cases are positive.

“We have completed random probe in 26 districts and found multiple zeroes in several phone numbers in Araria and Forbesgang (in Araria district) and in the Purnaiah PHC of Sheohar,” said Amrit. “Even though physical probe showed that tests were actually conducted, we issued show-cause notices to these medical officers for improper data preparation.”


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