In this episode of the Perspective Prog. based on ‘Who’s Data: How Reliable’. India has raised strong objections regarding the mathematical models used by the World Health Organization (WHO) to project excessively high death estimates linked to the coronavirus pandemic. Last week WHO had released a report that said 14.9 million people were killed either by Covid-19 directly or due to the pandemic’s impact on health systems and society, which included 4.7 million fatalities in India. India has said that the validity and robustness of the models used and methodology of data collection by WHO are questionable. As per the official data released by Union Health Ministry India reported 5 Lakh 24 Thousand 93 deaths till 8 AM on 9th May 2022. India had also informed WHO that in view of the availability of authentic data published through Civil Registration System (CRS) by the Registrar General of India (RGI), mathematical models should not be used for projecting excess mortality numbers for India.
1. Dr. N. K. Arora, Chairman, Covid-19 Working Group, NTAGI
2. Dr. K. Madan Gopal, Senior Consultant, Health, NITI Aayog
3. Preeti Sudan, Former Health Secretary, GoI
Anchor: Vishal Dahiya
Producer: Sagheer Ahmad
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