United Nations/Geneva:The World Health Organization has released a report on the deaths due to the corona epidemic (Covid-19 Deaths in India). It has been claimed that in the last two years, more than 47 lakh people have died due to corona in India. At the same time, in the data of the Government of India (India Covid-19 Deaths), the number of people who died of corona in the country is 523975. In such a situation, the WHO figure (WHO Report On Covid-19 Deaths) is about 9 times more than the official number of the Government of India. Soon after the release of this report, India has raised questions about the methodology of calculating the death of WHO. India said that the WHO has released estimates of additional mortality without adequately addressing our concerns.
Corona claims 166 crore deaths worldwide
The World Health Organization said on Thursday that nearly 15 million people have lost their lives in the past two years either to the coronavirus or its effects on health systems. According to the WHO report, 1.33 crore to 1.66 crore people i.e. 1.49 crore people died either due to corona virus or its effect on healthcare.
WHO chief told serious
WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus called the figure grim, saying it should prompt countries to invest more in their capabilities to deal with future health emergencies. He said WHO is committed to working with all countries towards strengthening their health information systems to generate better data for better decisions and better outcomes.
Extreme mortality includes deaths directly (due to disease) or indirectly (due to the pandemic’s impact on health systems and society) associated with COVID-19. Deaths indirectly linked to COVID-19 are due to other health conditions where people were unable to access prevention and treatment systems because of the pandemic’s overburdened health systems.
India expressed strong objection
India has strongly objected to the use of mathematical models by the WHO to present high mortality estimates related to the coronavirus pandemic despite the availability of authentic data, saying the models used and the methodology of data collection are questionable. For India, the number of deaths linked to the COVID-19 pandemic by WHO is 47,40,894. In a technical note to India, WHO said that the estimates cannot be considered as national figures officially prepared by India, because of differences in the data and the methods used by WHO.
It was noted that the information on the Civil Registration System (CRS) in India for 2020 was made publicly available by the Registrar General of India (RGI) in a report dated May 3, 2022. Government sources said that India can raise the issue in the World Health Assembly and necessary multilateral fora.
India said – the data released despite our objection
The Union Health Ministry said in a statement that India has consistently raised objections to the methodology adopted by the WHO to estimate the high mortality rate based on mathematical models. “Despite India’s objection to the procedure, methodology and outcome of this model, WHO has issued an additional mortality estimate without adequately addressing India’s concerns,” the statement said.
India had also informed WHO that a mathematical model could be used to project additional death numbers for India, given the availability of authentic data published by the Registrar General of India (RGI) through the Civil Registration System (CRS). should not be done.
NITI Aayog members said – there is no justification for releasing data on estimates
NITI Aayog member VK Paul said that now that the actual number of deaths due to all causes is more available, there is no justification for using only modeling based estimates. He informed that the number of deaths in 2019 was 6.9 lakh more as compared to the calendar year 2018. He said that as per official figures based on a robust surveillance system set up for COVID, the death toll in 2020 was 1.49 lakh. The WHO said the highest number of deaths (84 per cent) occurred in Southeast Asia, Europe and the Americas.