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Wrong To Draw Inferences From Comparison Of HMIS, CRS Data To Tally Covid Deaths: Centre

The Centre has been transparent in its approach to Covid data management and a robust system of recording all Covid-19 related deaths already exists, the Union Health Ministry said

Wrong To Draw Inferences From Comparison Of HMIS, CRS Data To Tally Covid Deaths: Centre
Volunteers cremate a Covid-19 victim at Nigambodh Ghat crematorium in New Delhi. -

Asserting that it has been transparent in its approach to Covid data management, the Centre on Wednesday dismissed some media reports which claimed that the national Covid-19 fatality is higher than what is being reported.

Earlier, some media reports claimed that data from the National Health Mission's Health Management Information System (HMIS) indicates that the actual number of Covid-19 deaths in the country are higher than what the Union Health Ministry has reported.

Terming those reports as "conjectures" and "speculation", the Centre on Wednesday said attributing any death to Covid-19 without any basis than based on empirical data is fallacious and such inferences are mere figments of imagination.

"'The report compares data from the Civil Registration System (CRS) and HMIS to draw erroneous inferences. Such reports are conjectures and speculation without any substantial basis," the Union Health Ministry said in a statement.

Citing the death numbers reported in the HMIS, the ministry in a statement noted that the media report goes on to say that “In the absence of other information, these deaths should all be considered as Covid-19 deaths.”

As per the media report itself "over 2,50,000 deaths were from causes not known," it said.

The Centre, it noted, has been transparent in its approach to Covid data management and a robust system of recording all Covid-19 related deaths already exists.

All states and union territories have been entrusted with the responsibility to update the data in this particular system on a continuous basis.

In order to avoid inconsistency in number of deaths being reported, the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) has issued 'Guidance for appropriate recording of Covid-19 related deaths in India' for correct recording of all deaths as per ICD-10 codes recommended by the World Health Organisation (WHO) for mortality coding, the statement said.

States and UTs have been urged through various formal communications, multiple video conferences and through deployment of Central teams for correct recording of deaths in accordance with the prescribed guidelines.

The ministry has also regularly emphasised a robust reporting mechanisms for monitoring district-wise cases and deaths on a daily basis.

There shall always be differences in mortality recorded during a profound and prolonged public health crisis such as Covid pandemic and well-conducted research studies on mortalities are usually done after the event when data on mortalities is available from reliable sources, the statement said.

The methodologies for such studies are well established, the data sources are defined as also the valid assumptions for computing mortality, it stated.

(With PTI inputs)

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