At World Health Assembly, India expresses ‘strong disappointment’ over WHO report on Covid-19 deaths | India News

NEW DELHI: India on Monday expressed strong disappointment over the manner in which World Health Organisation report on excess all-cause mortality estimates related to Covid-19 was prepared and published.
In his address to the 75th session of World Health Assembly in Geneva, Union health minister Mansukh Mandaviya said that the WHO ignored the concerns expressed by India and other countries over the methodology and sources of data.
Mandaviya said the WHO set aside country-specific authentic data from the statutory authority of India.
He told the World Health Assembly that the Central Council of Health and Family Welfare, a constitutional body having a representation of health ministers from all states in India, had passed a unanimous resolution urging him to convey their collective disappointment and concern in this regard.
In a report released on May 5, the WHO estimated that nearly 15 million people were killed globally either by the coronavirus or by its impact on overwhelmed health systems in the past two years, more than double the official death count of six million. Most of the fatalities were in Southeast Asia, Europe and the Americas.
The report had estimated 47 lakh excess deaths in India. This assessment was strongly contested by the government which cited flawed methodology, inaccurate sourcing of data, inconsistencies in criteria and use of assumption by the UN health agency for projections.
Stating that PM Modi has highlighted the need for strengthening of WHO to build a more resilient global health secure architecture among other things, Mandaviya said India is ready to play a key role in all these efforts.
The minister noted, “India believes that this year’s theme linking peace and health, is timely and pertinent because there can be no sustainable development and universal health and wellbeing without peace.”
(With inputs from agencies)

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