Tamilnadu not following WHO’s mortality codes; Chennai NGO slams the details through their survey

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With rising cases all over the country, several states have been accused of not following the COVID guidelines produced by WHO and The guidelines of the Indian Council for Medical Research.

Ignoring another important aspect of the COVID guidelines

Following the accusation of not recorded COVID cases in Tamilnadu, A new issue has surfaced that the state has been ignoring another important aspect of the COVID guidelines ‘U07.2’, imposed by the WHO according to the Indian Council for Medical Research (ICMR). This matter has been raised in limelight by the Chennai-based NGO, Arappor Iyakkam.

In a report released by the NGO, the state hospitals have been severely underreporting the number of COVID deaths in comparison with the number of death certificates issued.

The guidelines issued by ICMR states that ‘as long as the person dies after developing COVID or has been diagnosed with its symptom, the term ‘COVID’ must appear in the cause of death’ This was the protocol to be maintained all over the country and the concerned authorities were advised the same as well.

With two active codes under action for handling morbidities of COVID, the first is U07.1 for patients who died after testing positive for COVID. The second code is U07.2 for patients who died but their test result was negative or awaited or inconclusive. And finally, if the patient is negative, then should be marked ‘Clinically Epidemiologically diagnosed COVID-19’ with code U07.2.

Medical officials are not recording even the first code

But according to the issues covered on the matter, few hospitals have been following the protocol properly. said Jayaram Venkatesan, convener of Arappor Iyakkam said that” But on the ground, the reality is entirely different. The officials are recording just U07.1 and that too, in a limited number of cases. Code U07.2 is not being recorded at all and it is almost nil. There is anecdotal evidence that suggests that medical officials are not recording even the first code,”

The situation must be handled at the earlies by the state government. And nationally, there have been similar reports under the similar condition.

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