WHO -The Indian government calls it dubious: India has denied using the mathematical model used by the World Health Organization to calculate the number of deaths from Kovid, saying that this figure is completely different from reality. The Union Health Ministry said in the denial that the country has a very strong birth and death registration system. The Ministry of Health called the WHO data collection system statistically unstable and scientifically questionable.
The WHO said that between January 2020 and December 2021, there were 4.7 million deaths from Covid in India. That’s 10 times India’s official figure and a third of the world’s deaths. According to this figure, a total of 15 million deaths have occurred due to Covid worldwide. This is more than double the official figure of 6 million.
This is India’s number
The Health Ministry said India had recorded 520,000 deaths from Covid in that interval. In a statement released by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, it was said that India has consistently raised questions over the WHO statement that data for Indian states was collected by the through media reports, websites and mathematical models.
The WHO system is bad
The health ministry said the data collection system to estimate the high death rate in the case of India shows a very poor and scientifically questionable method. The ministry said that despite India’s objection to this model, the WHO released this estimate without responding to India’s objections.
Here is the WHO estimate
The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that in the past two years around 15 million people have lost their lives either to the corona virus or to its effects on healthcare systems. This is more than double the 6 million deaths according to official figures provided by countries. Most deaths have occurred in Southeast Asia, Europe and America.
India also said
India has also informed WHO that a mathematical model could be used to project additional death numbers for India, given the availability of authentic data released by the Registrar General of India (RGI) through the civil registration system (CRS) shouldn’t be done.
Birth and death registration in India is extremely robust and is governed by a decades-old statutory legal framework, namely the “Births and Deaths Registration Act, 1969”. The ministry also said that the citizen registration data as well as the sample registration data published annually by RGI have been used by a large number of researchers, policy makers and scientists, both nationally and internationally.