After discrepancies allegation in COVID death reports, Kerala govt launches 'Death Information Portal'
The Kerala government on Thursday launched a Covid-19 Death Information Portal that will maintain the exact records of every death due to coronavirus infection. The move comes on the backdrop of the allegation against the left government of trying to hide and downplay the Covid deaths in the state.
After the Opposition condemned the Kerala government for not being transparent in providing death details of victims who succumbed due to Covid infection, the Department of Health and Family Welfare, Government of Kerala launched a Covid-19 'Death Information Portal'.
As per reports, the doubting public can access information on death through this portal exclusively set up to track and report Covid deaths. All one needs to do is, to search in the portal by typing, name, age, gender, date of death, and the place of death details.
Based on these search details, the portal will show the Covid victims accordingly and the person who wishes to track the record can download them for further reference.
After the launch of the portal, Veena George, Kerala Health Minister stressed that this portal can give authentic information and can avoid any sort of confusion.
The state government was facing criticisms for allegedly not maintaining Covid death data, discontinuation of daily reporting, tweaking data, and downplaying the incident. Now, with the launch of the portal, the government is making an effort to come out clean on the allegation leveled against it by the Opposition.
As there was no proper documentation and data management of Covid deaths from July 23, 2021, onwards, with this new system in place now, the death declaration data issued by various district medical officers can be checked for its genuineness.
Kerala at present is seen as Covid hotspot and is battling the Covid blast. On Thursday the state reported 22,040 new cases and 117 deaths. Since 2020, 17,328 have died and 34.93 lakh were infected with Covid.
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