Wednesday, February 28, 2024

Pakistan rejects WHO’s report on COVID-19 deaths

WHO claimed in its report that the coronavirus death toll in Pakistan was eight times higher than officially stated numbers

Pakistan has rejected the World Health Organization (WHO) report on COVID-19 deaths across the world calling it “completely baseless”.

Pakistan’s Health Minister Abdul Qadir Patel said that Pakistan had reported the death toll “carefully” and “any margin of error cannot be more than 10,000.”

“The WHO’s figures are incomprehensible, given the fact that we have carefully, systematically and manually compiled our COVID-19 data,” Patel told a media outlet.

The Ministry of Health said in a press communiqué that since the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic, Pakistan has been at the forefront of decision-making using data and analytics. Every number reported along with supporting data has been backed up with efficient and reliable mechanisms.

A reporting mechanism is set in place whereby every COVID-19-related death is reported on a district level, which is then collated at a provincial level by the respective healthcare systems, and finally, a cumulative number is shared on a national level which is reported via official channels, it elaborated.

The WHO report

The WHO on Thursday issues a report claiming that nearly 15 million more people had died across the globe during the pandemic, suggesting that many countries massively “underreported” the death toll. Twenty countries, representing around 50% of the global population, account for more than 80% of the estimated excess mortality across the world between January 2020 and December 2021, according to the WHO report.

Countries that underreported coronavirus deaths

Pakistan was one of those 20 countries, where the United Nations (UN) health body noted the mortality rate was underreported. Other countries where the death toll was higher than the reported figures include Brazil, Colombia, Egypt, Germany, India, Indonesia, Iran, Italy, Mexico, Nigeria, Peru, the Philippines, Poland, Russia, South Africa, the United Kingdom (UK), Turkey, Ukraine, and the United States (US).

Ex-SAPM on health also rejected WHO report

Former special assistant to then prime minister on health Dr. Faisal Sultan also rejected the WHO report.

“I have to look at the WHO report in detail. We checked the cemetery record to determine the number of deaths from coronavirus. We also checked this record through our own system,” Dr Faisal Sultan said in a statement on Friday.

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