Government has termed the media reports claiming higher fatality figures due to COVID-19 based on data from National Health Mission’s Health Management Information System (HMIS) as conjectures. Union Health Ministry said, the reports compare data from the Civil Registration System and HMIS to draw erroneous inferences. It added that such reports are speculative and without any substantial basis.
Citing the death numbers reported in the HMIS, the media report goes on to say that in the absence of other information, these deaths should all be considered as Covid-19 deaths. The Ministry 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. It reiterated that the Central Government 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 the number of deaths being reported, the Indian Council of Medical Research has issued Guidance for the appropriate recording of COVID-19 related deaths in India. States and UTs have been urged through various formal communications, multiple video conferences and through the deployment of Central teams for correct recording of deaths in accordance with the prescribed guidelines.