Almost two-and-ahalf months after the Navi Mumbai municipal commissioner suspended a doctor, who was in-charge of antigen testing, after receiving complaints of fake Covid-19 reports being published on the website of the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), the investigation team has submitted its report.
The NMMC had formed an investigation team to probe allegations of a scam involving Covid-19 testing centres wherein it was alleged that relatives of negative patients were also listed as having tested negative on the ICMR website although they had not undergone the testing. It was alleged that at least 10,000 such fake reports from Navi Mumbai were published on the website.
The report was submitted to the NMMC chief, Abhijit Bangar, on Friday which would be officially published in a few days.
According to sources, the committee formed to inquire into the allegations had set up a call centre wherein the officials called the patients whose names were mentioned in the website to verify whether they actually underwent the tests. The source said around 1.51 lakh people were called to verify whether their entries were made after testing.
“A detailed inquiry was carried out, and around 1.51 lakh calls were made to those whose data were available with us. It has been revealed around 7-8 thousand entries were duplicate that means their names were published without their undergoing the tests. It has been observed that it was the lapse in the data entry system wherein the staffers would negligently add the names of negative patients’ relatives too without testing,” said a source.
The incident came to light after Ankush Kadam, the core committee member of Maratha Kranti Morcha, complained to the authorities about the scam. It was being claimed that in one of the cases the negative report of a person who had died 10 years ago has also been published in the website.