Discrepancies in Covid deaths: Health secretary issues notice to 5 DMOs

Thiruvananthapuram: The Health Secretary of the state has sought explanation from five District Medical Officers for the errors that appeared in Covid death rates. The disparities were found in the detailed examination carried out over the death rates from January 30, 2020 to June 18, 2021, in view of the accusation that the state concealed the original fatality rate.

After a detailed examination, the Director of health department informed the secretary that 7023 deaths need to be included in the list of Covid deaths. However, the DMOs informed that over 8500 deaths need to be added to the Covid death list after a similar inspection from their end. When 3779 deaths reported by the DMOs were cross-examined, the health secretary Rajan Khobragade found 527 deaths as repetition.

The secretary demanded explanatory notes from the DMOs of Ernakulam, Kozhikode, Thrissur, Alappuzha and Thiruvananthapuram, who allegedly made more mistakes while uploading the revised details of Covid deaths. The secretary has also requested the director of the health department to review the list.

Covid deaths started to be reported in plenty following the government issued guidelines to confirm deaths. When accusations of concealing Covid mortality were alleged against the state, the health department had developed a software for accurate entry. However, the doctors claim that the mistakes in data entry might have caused errors in the list and accused the government for blaming the senior doctors for the faults in entry.

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