COVID Fighters: After Beating COVID-19 This 45-Year-Old Lab Technician Donates His Plasma

COVID Fighters: After Beating COVID-19 This 45-Year-Old Lab Technician Donates His Plasma

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Independence Day Special On Covid-19 Fighters: After Beating COVID-19 This 45-Year-Old Lab Technician Donates His PlasmaPabitra Das, a senior lab technician working at Gauhati Medical College and Hospital, in Guwahati, donated plasma after recovering from COVID 19 that he contracted last month in the line of duty
Highlights
  • Pabitra works for 12-15 hours every day and examines 50 samples per day
  • Pabitra contracted coronavirus in the line of duty while collecting samples
  • After recovering from COVID-19, he donated 2 units of blood for plasma

New Delhi: It has been almost 15 days since Pabitra Das, a 45-year-old senior lab technician working at Gauhati Medical College and Hospital (GMCH), in Guwahati, Assam resumed duty after recovering from COVID-19. He contracted the novel coronavirus in the first week of July and was tested positive on July 5. After recovering from the infection, the frontline warrior donated two units of his blood for plasma on August 11 in order to help in the treatment of critically ill COVID-19 patients.

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While speaking with NDTV about his experience of contracting COVID-19, treatment and post-recovery period, Pabitra said that he got the infection even though he followed safety measures and always donned personal protective equipment (PPE) when on duty. He said,

I have no idea how I got the virus because I was extremely careful since the start. I have a four-year-old baby and elderly parents at home. I tried not to make any mistake or take my personal safety for granted. The symptoms that my body exhibited after getting infected were mild. I had a fever and slight cough. I got myself tested and on July 5 I got to know that I have got the disease. I got myself admitted at GMCH immediately and underwent the treatment for 10 days. After I was discharged, I kept myself self-isolated for another 15 days during which I focused on regaining strength through food and light exercises. I then decided to donate plasma and after clearing the mandatory check-ups for the same, on August 11, I donated my plasma.

Pabitra who donated two units of his blood for plasma feels proud to be able to help in the treatment of other patients and do his bit in the fight against COVID-19. He said,

The plasma that I have donated, will save lives of two critically ill COVID-19 patients. This was my biggest motivation. I will donate my plasma again if I can. I believe humanity is the supreme religion of human beings. I urge all who are recovering from COVID-19 to donate their plasma.

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While talking about the increased work pressure during the pandemic, Pabitra, who has been working as a lab technician with GMCH for last 16 years said,

Initially when the pandemic started my job was to conduct swab test of the doctors, nurses and other medical staff who were under quarantine and the family members of those found positive with COVID-19. However, when the pandemic grew, the number of patients visiting the hospital and requiring swab tests grew. On average, I conduct about 50 swab tests in a day but there have been days on which I have done over 100 tests as well.

Pabitra’s day at the COVID-19 lab in Gauhati Medical College and Hospital begins around 8 am with unboxing the samples collected for testing, after verifying the patient data details and registering them. Then comes extracting the Ribonucleic Acid (RNA) from the sample and conduct the test. He said that every time he conducts a test, he hopes that the result will be negative. He usually finishes his work by 10 pm.

COVID Fighters: After Beating COVID-19 This 45-Year-Old Lab Technician Donates His Plasma
Pabitra Das, Senior Lab Technician in his COVID-19 lab in Gauhati Medical College and Hospital

He further said that since the outbreak, he has been working for at least 12 hours every day which sometimes stretched to 15 hours, while before the pandemic hit the country, he used to work for eight hours per day. He said,

Wearing personal protective equipment and working for 12-15 hours is a very difficult job. This is because PPEs are extremely uncomfortable. One starts sweating profusely within a few minutes of wearing it. But ours is a high-risk job as we handle the samples of body fluids and throat swabs of possible infected persons, so we have no choice but to protect ourselves as much as we can while doing our duties diligently without any errors.

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Back at home, Pabitra follows a strict routine. After coming back from work he washes his clothes and disinfects his belongings himself. He then confines himself to a room in the backyard of his house that has an attached bathroom and stays there alone till the next morning before leaving for work. In this way, Pabitra has made sure that no member of his family contracts the virus because of him. He said,

Nobody in my family has got exposed to the disease so far. Since the starting, I have been very cautious about not exposing my family to the virus that I or my belonging/clothes may have picked at work. For this, when at home I have been staying in a room in our backyard. I make sure that nobody comes within six feet around me. My wife leaves my food on a table outside of my temporary accommodation. I live in a joint family of 12 members that include my elderly parents, my son, my wife and families of my two brothers. Because of the strict self-quarantining and discipline that I have been following at home, my family has been able to remain safe from the virus so far.

COVID Fighters: After Beating COVID-19 This 45-Year-Old Lab Technician Donates His Plasma
Pabitra with his wife Mayuri and son

Pabitra’s 35-year-old wife Mayuri Kakoti Das, said that while she feels immensely proud of her husband’s work, there is also a constant fear in her mind regarding his health. She said to NDTV,

I am very proud of my husband. He is a good man. Every day he is providing sample results and helping patients to get treatment. But, honestly, I also fear for his health. We don’t get to see each other much because he stays in isolation when at home. Last month he sick got infected with COVID-19 and I was shattered. I felt very scared but he told me not to worry. The day he got discharged from the hospital was a great day for me. When he decided to donate plasma, I felt honoured to be his wife. I just wish that he stays safe and don’t get the virus again. Even though our baby doesn’t get to see his father much now, but I am sure he will be very proud to know that his dad played an important role in fighting the pandemic.

According to Pabitra, he along with his team of lab technicians and other health workers have learnt a lot in the last seven months of the pandemic. However, for him, the most important learning has been regarding handling distressed patients and their families. He said,

One of the learnings from the last few months is that as health workers, our duty is not just limited to caring for patient’s physical health but also for their mental health. It is important that we remain calm at all points even when the patients or their family members are being rude. We have to be empathetic and try to calm them down too.

Acknowledging the contribution of Pabitra in the State’s fight against COVID-19, Pomi Baruah, the officer-on-special duty (OSD) at Assam’s National Health Mission said,

Pabitra and many others like him are our pride and assets. The lab technicians have played a pivotal role in helping us tackle the COVID-19 crisis in the state. They are the unsung heroes in this fight. As frontline workers, their contribution will be remembered till posterity.

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World

9,68,44,582Cases
4,14,20,135Active
5,33,50,358Recovered
20,74,089Deaths
Coronavirus has spread to 191 countries. The total confirmed cases worldwide are 9,68,44,582 and 20,74,089 have died; 4,14,20,135 are active cases and 5,33,50,358 have recovered as on January 21, 2021 at 4:15 am.

India

1,06,10,883 15223Cases
1,92,308 -4893Active
1,02,65,706 19965Recovered
1,52,869 151Deaths
In India, there are 1,06,10,883 confirmed cases including 1,52,869 deaths. The number of active cases is 1,92,308 and 1,02,65,706 have recovered as on January 21, 2021 at 2:30 am.

State & District Details

State Cases Active Recovered Deaths
DistrictCases
Mumbai45,478
Thane13,660
Pune9,920
Mumbai Suburban5,363
Aurangabad1,974
Nashik1,575
Raigad1,462
Palghar1,421
Solapur1,291
Jalgaon1,039
Akola757
Nagpur692
Kolhapur646
Satara629
Ratnagiri350
Amravati291
Dhule228
Hingoli208
Jalna201
Ahmednagar190
Nanded176
Yavatmal150
Sangli145
Latur139
Osmanabad125
Sindhudurg114
Buldhana88
Parbhani78
gondia69
Beed54
Nandurbar42
Gadchiroli42
Bhandara41
Chandrapur32
Washim13
Wardha11

19,97,992 3,015

47,982 1,633

18,99,428 4,589

50,582 59

DistrictCases
Udupi1,176
Kalaburagi669
Yadgir538
Bengaluru Urban529
Raichur369
Mandya346
Belagavi337
Bidar219
Hassan205
Davangere204
Vijayapura201
Dakshina Kannada179
Chikkaballapura149
Mysuru107
Bagalkote103
Uttara Kannada95
Shivamogga67
Dharwad61
Ballari60
Gadag45
Bengaluru Rural40
Tumakuru36
Kolar29
Haveri24
Chikkamagaluru19
Chitradurga14
Koppal5
Kodagu4
Ramanagara3
Chamarajanagara0

9,33,578 501

7,716 168

9,13,677 665

12,185 4

DistrictCases
Kurnool795
Krishna557
Guntur511
Anantapur428
East Godavari356
Chittoor319
Sri Potti Sriramulu Nell*296
Y.S.R.205
West Godavari199
Srikakulam183
Prakasam104
Visakhapatnam103
Vizianagaram23

8,86,418 173

1,637 23

8,77,639 196

7,142

DistrictCases
Kannur357
Kasaragod333
Palakkad224
Malappuram119
Kollam118
Thrissur106
Thiruvananthapuram104
Pathanamthitta98
Kozhikode90
Alappuzha76
Kottayam73
Ernakulam60
Idukki40
Wayanad36

8,64,195 6,815

69,914 567

7,90,757 7,364

3,524 18

DistrictCases
Chennai23,324
Chengalpattu1,314
Thiruvallur774
Villupuram509
Kanchipuram503
Tiruvannamalai496
Cuddalore477
Ariyalur444
Tirunelveli433
Tuticorin333
Kallakurichi324
Madurai322
Salem258
Coimbatore188
Virudhunagar185
Dindigul175
Perambalur133
Ranipet133
Thanjavur130
Theni129
Tiruchirappalli119
Ramanathapuram119
Tiruppur116
Kanniyakumari110
Tenkasi103
Nagapattinam99
Karur88
Namakkal83
Erode75
Vellore71
Thiruvarur67
Pudukkottai53
Sivaganga46
Tirupathur45
Krishnagiri43
The Nilgiris17
Dharmapuri15

8,32,415 549

5,314 173

8,14,811 713

12,290 9

DistrictCases
North West5,463
Central4,817
West4,768
New Delhi3,405
North3,059
East2,472
South East2,446
South West2,391
South2,329
North East1,914
Shahdara1,580

6,33,049 228

2,147 187

6,20,128 405

10,774 10

DistrictCases
Gautam Buddha Nagar1,119
Agra933
Ghaziabad794
Meerut504
Lucknow386
Saharanpur298
Kanpur Nagar286
Moradabad252
Varanasi243
Hapur225
Aligarh215
Basti214
Amethi206
Rampur203
Jaunpur194
Firozabad190
Barabanki168
Gorakhpur166
Bulandshahr166
Siddharth Nagar159
Ghazipur159
Bijnor157
Deoria143
Azamgarh138
Sant Kabeer Nagar132
Mathura129
Ayodhya120
Muzaffarnagar117
Sambhal116
Sultanpur97
Ambedkar Nagar92
Maharajganj85
Amroha80
Rae Bareli78
Bahraich73
Kheri72
Kannauj69
Baghpat68
Kushi Nagar67
Bhadohi60
Ballia60
Gonda59
Etah52
Hardoi49
Balrampur49
Mau48
Mainpuri46
Etawah46
Hathras43
Unnao42
Jalaun41
Jhansi41
Shamli40
Chandauli38
Auraiya37
Farrukhabad36
Sitapur32
Prayagraj30
Banda27
Shahjahanpur25
Shravasti23
Budaun23
Mirzapur22
Bareilly17
Kasganj16
Pratapgarh15
Pilibhit15
Sonbhadra10
Kaushambi6
Kanpur Dehat4
Chitrakoot4
Lalitpur3
Hamirpur3
Mahoba3
Fatehpur3

5,97,628 390

7,873 299

5,81,164 682

8,591 7

DistrictCases
Kolkata2,777
Howrah1,435
24 Paraganas North1,031
Hooghly604
24 Paraganas South281
Maldah235
Dinajpur Uttar216
Coochbehar210
Birbhum206
Medinipur West159
Medinipur East153
Nadia139
Purba Bardhaman130
Murshidabad125
Bankura116
Darjeeling97
Jalpaiguri88
Paschim Bardhaman70
Purulia66
Dinajpur Dakshin50
Alipurduar39
Kalimpong18
Jhargram9

5,66,482 409

6,675 106

5,49,727 509

10,080 6

DistrictCases
Ganjam581
Jajapur322
Khordha238
Baleshwar190
Kendrapara164
Cuttack155
Bhadrak137
Balangir129
Puri103
Sundargarh102
Jagatsinghapur91
Nayagarh86
Mayurbhanj73
Nuapada69
Gajapati61
Dhenkanal36
Boudh34
Kendujhar34
Deogarh33
Kalahandi33
Sonepur29
Kandhamal28
Anugul26
Malkangiri20
Bargarh16
Koraput16
Sambalpur16
Jharsuguda8
Nabarangpur2
Rayagada2

3,33,723 157

1,500 113

3,30,321 270

1,902

DistrictCases
Jaipur2,177
Jodhpur1,748
Udaipur724
Bharatpur563
Kota503
Nagaur500
Ajmer379
Dungarpur374
Pali352
Jhalawar329
Bhilwara250
Sikar231
Chittorgarh188
Tonk171
Jalore164
Rajsamand140
Sirohi130
Bikaner112
Banswara91
Alwar90
Churu81
Jhunjhunu64
Dausa61
Dholpur60
Baran59
Jaisalmer53
Barmer34
Hanumangarh31
SawaiMadhopur26
Karauli17
Pratapgarh14
Ganganagar8
Bundi5

3,15,816 213

4,077 227

3,08,985 438

2,754 2

DistrictCases
Bilaspur100
Korba100
Mungeli87
Baloda Bazar85
Jashpur77
Janjgir-Champa56
Mahasamund54
Rajnandgaon52
Kabirdham52
Raigarh47
Raipur46
Balod41
Korea39
Durg31
Bemetara21
Kanker19
Balrampur17
Surguja14
Gariyaband10
Surajpur9
Dhamtari6
Bijapur2
Bastar2
Dantewada0
Kondagaon0
Narayanpur0
Sukma0

2,94,949 594

5,798 134

2,85,566 718

3,585 10

DistrictCases
Hyderabad2,475
Ranga Reddy183
Suryapet87
Jagitial77
Nizamabad76
MedchalMalkajgiri75
Mancherial43
YadadriBhuvanagiri40
Jogulamba Gadwal40
Vikarabad40
Nalgonda33
Warangal Urban32
Mahabubnagar30
Sangareddy26
Khammam26
Adilabad22
Nirmal21
Karimnagar17
RajannaSircilla16
Medak11
Kamareddy11
Mahabubabad10
Jayashankar Bhupalapally9
Nagarkurnool8
Kumuram Bheem Asifabad8
Jangoan8
Siddipet7
Peddapalli5
Bhadradri Kothagudem5
Warangal Rural4
Mulugu3
Narayanpet3
Wanaparthy1

2,92,621 226

3,920 1

2,87,117 224

1,584 1

DistrictCases
Gurugram2,950
Faridabad867
Sonipat404
Rohtak145
Palwal120
Jhajjar114
Karnal104
Hisar98
Ambala93
Panipat78
Nuh68
Bhiwani60
Rewari56
Kurukshetra55
Sirsa50
Kaithal48
Mahendragarh47
CharkiDadri43
Panchkula39
Fatehabad38
Jind38
Yamunanagar19

2,66,686 105

1,734 103

2,61,955 204

2,997 4

DistrictCases
Patna279
Bhagalpur266
Rohtas256
Khagaria253
Begusarai243
Madhubani199
Munger188
Jehanabad178
Katihar175
Darbhanga143
Samastipur139
Siwan139
PurbiChamparan138
Purnia135
Banka134
Buxar134
Nalanda123
Gopalganj123
Nawada122
Sheikhpura118
Gaya115
Kaimur (bhabua)105
Bhojpur103
Saran101
Muzaffarpur96
Saharsa88
Supaul87
Vaishali87
Madhepura82
Kishanganj75
Aurangabad75
Sitamarhi73
Lakhisarai72
Araria68
Pashchim Champaran57
Arwal52
Jamui47
Sheohar20

2,58,176 185

3,143 98

2,53,569 280

1,464 3

DistrictCases
Ahmadabad17,125
Surat2,311
Vadodara1,555
Gandhinagar410
Mahesana159
Banas Kantha147
Bhavnagar146
Rajkot135
Arvalli134
Mahisagar125
Anand107
PanchMahals107
Patan105
SabarKantha101
Kachchh99
Kheda98
Jamnagar63
Bharuch56
Botad55
Surendranagar55
Valsad47
GirSomnath45
Dohad43
Chhotaudepur37
Naysari35
Junagadh31
Narmada25
DevbhumiDwarka22
Amreli16
Porbandar11
Tapi6
Dang5
Morbi4

2,57,342 490

5,748 219

2,47,223 707

4,371 2

DistrictCases
Indore3,839
Bhopal1,880
Ujjain799
Burhanpur351
Neemuch319
Jabalpur276
East Nimar266
Sagar228
Gwalior211
Khargone196
Dewas140
Dhar132
Mandsaur112
Morena109
Bhind87
Raisen71
Barwani60
Ratlam51
Rewa39
Shajapur39
Hoshangabad37
Vidisha37
Chhatarpur35
Betul35
Rajgarh31
Dindori29
Sheopur26
Damoh26
Satna24
Anuppur22
Panna20
Tikamgarh18
Sidhi17
Narsinghpur17
Chhindwara16
Agar Malwa15
Mandla15
Shivpuri15
Jhabua14
Shandol14
Singrauli13
Ashoknagar13
Datia12
Sehore12
Umaria10
Balaghat9
Guna8
Harda4
Alirajpur3
Katni3
Seoni2
Niwari0

2,52,466 280

5,008 724

2,43,688 997

3,770 7

DistrictCases
Kamrup Metro276
Golaghat203
Nagaon143
Hojai89
Dima Hasao86
Karimganj85
Tinsukia84
Cachar80
Dibrugarh61
Hailakandi57
Lakhimpur57
Marigaon50
Dhemaji47
Kamrup42
Kokrajhar37
Dhubri30
Charaideo29
Barpeta28
Udalguri28
Sonitpur27
Jorhat24
Nalbari23
Darrang20
Sivasagar20
Goalpara19
Biswanath16
Baksa14
KarbiAnglong13
Bongaigaon12
Chirang6
West KarbiAnglong5
South SalmaraMancachar4
Majuli2

2,16,919 32

2,663 65

2,13,179 95

1,077 2

DistrictCases
Amritsar485
Jalandhar297
Ludhiana293
Tarn Taran163
Gurdaspur154
Hoshiarpur140
S.A.S Nagar137
Patiala132
Sangrur107
Shahid Bhagat Singh Nagar (Nawanshahr)99
Pathankot86
Rupnagar (Ropar)74
Faridkot74
Sri Muktsar Sahib71
Moga65
Bathinda60
Fatehgarh Sahib57
Fazilka53
Firozepur50
Kapurthala44
Mansa31
Barnala25

1,71,136 199

2,405 7

1,63,211 202

5,520 4

DistrictCases
Anantnag395
Srinagar300
Kulgam295
Baramulla271
Shopian255
Kupwara231
Bandipora175
Udhampur155
Ramban151
Jammu138
Budgam110
Pulwama108
Kathua53
Rajouri39
Ganderbal37
Poonch35
Doda27
Reasi26
Samba25
Kishtwar10
Mirpur0
Muzaffarabad0

1,23,647 109

1,099 4

1,20,625 113

1,923

DistrictCases
East Singhbum170
Ranchi148
Hazaribagh110
Garhwa80
Ramgarh75
Koderma58
Simdega48
Dhanbad32
Gumla28
Palamu27
West Singhbhum21
SaraikelaKharsawan20
Giridih19
Bokaro16
Latehar14
Khunti10
Lohardaga8
Deoghar5
Dumka5
Pakur4
Jamtara2
Godda2
Chatra1
Sahebganj0

1,18,012 125

1,102 45

1,15,853 170

1,057

DistrictCases
Dehradun370
Nainital323
Tehri Garhwal110
Haridwar94
Udam Singh Nagar83
Almora71
Champawat45
Pithoragarh43
Chamoli36
PauriGarhwal36
Bageshwar31
Rudraprayag30
Uttar Kashi24

95,192 153

2,005 13

91,565 137

1,622 3

DistrictCases
Hamirpur117
Kangra105
Una41
Solan32
Chamba29
Bilaspur21
Mandi21
Sirmaur11
Shimla10
Kullu4
Kinnaur2
Lahaul And Spiti0

57,082 63

575 9

55,540 72

967

DistrictCases
South Goa69
North Goa57

52,657 87

865 3

51,036 84

756

DistrictCases
Pondicherry111
Mahe4
Karaikal2
Yanam0

38,737 31

296 1

37,798 32

643

DistrictCases
Dhalai196
Sepahijala174
Gomati74
South Tripura53
Unakoti49
West Tripura45
Khowai24
North Tripura14

33,339 3

37 1

32,911 4

391

DistrictCases
Churachandpur32
Kangpokpi26
Imphal West21
Thoubal18
Imphal East10
Tengnoupal9
Bishnupur7
Senapati6
Chandel5
Kamjong5
Ukhrul4
Jiribam3
Pherzawl3
Kakching2
Tamenglong2
Noney1

28,919 19

244 9

28,308 10

367

DistrictCases
Chandigarh313

20,623 28

171 14

20,122 42

330

DistrictCases
Changlang31
Papum Pare8
Lohit3
Namsai2
West Siang1
East Siang1
Upper Siang1
Tawang1
PakkeKessang1
West Kameng0
Upper Subansiri0
Tirap0
Siang0
Shi Yomi0
Anjaw0
Lower Subansiri0
Lower Dibang Valley0
Longding0
Leparada0
KurungKumey0
KraDaadi0
Kamle0
East Kameng0
Dibang Valley0
Lower Siang0

16,815

46 6

16,713 6

56

DistrictCases
East Khasi Hills22
West Garo Hills5
South West Garo Hills4
North Garo Hills1
West Jaintia Hills1
West Khasi Hills1
East Garo Hills0
East Jaintia Hills0
Ribhoi0
South Garo Hills0
South West Khasi Hills0

13,717 7

133 0

13,440 7

144

DistrictCases
Dimapur20
Mon8
Kohima7
Kiphire3
Tuensang3
Peren2
Phek1
Longleng0
Mokokchung0
Wokha0
Zunheboto0

12,067 1

106 6

11,873 7

88

DistrictCases
Kargil77
LehLadakh43

9,668 6

76 3

9,463 9

129

DistrictCases
East District3
South District3
North District0
West District0

6,057 5

160 4

5,766 1

131

DistrictCases
South Andamans33
Nicobars1
North And Middle Andaman1

4,991 2

29 1

4,900 3

62

DistrictCases
Kolasib11
Aizawl10
Mamit8
Lawngtlai2
Lunglei2
Saitual1
Champhai0
Hnahthial0
Khawzawl0
Saiha0
Serchhip0

4,346 12

69 2

4,268 10

9

DistrictCases
Dadra And Nagar Haveli20

3,393 2

11 2

3,380

2

DistrictCases
Lakshadweep District0

30 9

30 9

0

0

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