Lapses in reporting COVID deaths will be examined, says Health Minister

Veena George

Thiruvananthapuram: Health Minister Veena George informed that a new system has been launched in the state to report all deaths including COVID deaths. She was addressing the media here on Thursday.

“A decentralised online system has been launched in the state in connection with reporting COVID deaths in the state. If a patient dies in any hospital, either the respective doctor or hospital superintendent should upload the death report to the online system. The online updating should be carried out from the hospitals within 24 hours of the patient’s death. These details should be codified and published at the district level,” informed the health minister.

Training were given after developing the software to execute the system effectively. At present, all deaths including COVID deaths are reported in this manner from hospitals. The doctors will confirm whether the person succumbed to COVID or not as per the guidelines, explained the minister.

The state government has nothing to hide about the COVID deaths. Hence, the health department introduced the online system to make the records more transparent. Earlier, COVID deaths were reported as per the guidelines of ICMR and WHO, she added.

So far, no lapses were found on the part of the government in reporting COVID deaths. If any lapses found, the health department will examine it, said Veena George while responding to the questions of media persons.

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