'Robust data needed to measure public health impact': ICMR issues guidelines for appropriate recording of COVID-19 deaths
New Delhi | Agencies: The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) has issued guidelines for appropriate recording of COVID-19 deaths to create robust data, said a report from news agency PTI. As per the guidance, coronavirus would be recorded as an underlying cause of death when leading to pneumonia, clotting in the bloodstream, cardiac injury, among others.
Speaking to PTI, The ICMR said that coronavirus is a new disease and robust data is needed in the country to measure public health impact of the ailment and to plan for timely health interventions.
In its guidance, the ICMR said deaths with inconclusive test results, but in which coronavirus symptoms are present will be recorded as probable COVID-19 fatalities.
Deaths in cases where tests are awaited with the presence of symptoms will be recorded as suspected deaths. Those testing negative but have symptoms will be mentioned as clinically-epidemiologically diagnosed COVID-19, it stated.
The deaths will also depend on the severity of illness, age of patient, and associated comorbid conditions.
"Patterns of disease and patterns of death can come from only standardised recording of clinical disease history and cause of death, and therefore epidemiological surveillance of disease and death are important," the statement.
"Robust data is needed from every district and state in India to measure the public health impact of COVID-19 and to plan timely health interventions and protect communities. At the same time, other health conditions affecting populations need to be also monitored so that the health system is prepared to responding to the needs of the population," it added.
The health research body also outlined the use of ICMR-NCDIR e-mortality software for recording the cause of death. It aids in recording and reporting the cause of death as national standards of death reporting laid down by the Office of Registrar General of India.
(with PTI inputs)
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