Assam forms board to ‘audit’ death of Covid-19 patients

Officially, a death will be attributed to Covid-19 only after the board has ascertained it, said Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma.

Published: 13th July 2020 03:36 PM  |   Last Updated: 13th July 2020 03:36 PM   |  A+A-

Assam Finance Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma

Assam health minister Himanta Biswa Sarma (File Photo | PTI)

Express News Service

GUWAHATI: The death of every Covid-19 patient in Assam will be “audited” from now on.

The Assam government has constituted a medical board that will examine the cause of deaths of Covid-19 patients. This is in deference to fresh guidelines issued by the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR).

“Assam Govt has constituted a 4-member Death Audit Board for #COVID19 in accordance with @ICMRDELHI guidelines. Officially a death will be attributed to #Covid-19 only after the Board has ascertained it,” Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma tweeted.

Two days ago, he had said the ICMR guidelines essentially meant that the death of any Covid-19 patient must not be attributed to the disease unless so ascertained.

“The guideline says Covid-19 has to be an underlined cause of death. Therefore, the number of such deaths will plummet,” the Minister had told journalists.

According to official figures available, Assam has 16,806 Covid-19 positive cases including 36 deaths. The number of people recovered is 10,894. Currently, there are 5,873 active cases.

Guwahati has turned out to be a hotspot of the disease which prompted the authorities to enforce a 14-day lockdown that was extended by one week from Monday.

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