The state government on Friday decided to include 7,000 more victims of the pandemic in its official death list, amid protests by the opposition of under-reporting of Covid-19 deaths in Kerala.
State Health Minister Veena George said that 7,000 more deaths, which took place before hospitals uploaded the data of such deaths online, would be added to the COVID death list in the state.
Hospitals started uploading COVID-19 deaths online in June this year.
He told reporters that these are deaths that have not been documented and have not been included in the official death list.
When the matter came up in the Assembly on Friday, the minister dismissed the opposition’s allegation that the families of a large number of COVID victims in the state were being denied the compensation awarded by the Supreme Court and said that any deserving family will not be taken out of financial Southern State Aid
Ms George said Kerala is the first in the country to set up COVID Death Assessment Committees as per the revised guidelines of the Centre, and expedited the process of providing hassle-free COVID death certificates to the family members of the victims.
Responding to a notice by opposition Congress-led UDF members seeking an adjournment motion, he said to help the family members of those not included in the pandemic list to register their names through online A new information portal was also developed.
He said that those who are facing any difficulty in applying digitally can also register at their nearest Primary Health Center.
“The concerns of the registered families will be resolved within the next 30 days,” said Ms. George.
The death of any person within 30 days of being admitted as a COVID patient in the hospital will be treated as a COVID death, he said, in the form of financial assistance to the close relatives of such people. Order to allot Rs 50,000 has already been issued. State Disaster Relief Fund.
The minister said, “The state government has acted very swiftly to implement the directions as per the new guidelines of the Centre. We are moving ahead with a clear, concrete and time-bound plan to ensure assistance to all applicants. “
The minister said that the LDF government has a strong policy that no deserving family should be denied compensation.
However, opposition leader VD Satheesan alleged that the southern state is facing a dire situation that tens of thousands of COVID victims are being denied eligible financial assistance.
The government was reluctant to release the death toll before June 16, he said, adding that it had also violated the ICMR guideline that deaths of people, suffering from deadly diseases like cancer and those who died due to coronavirus infection, were classified as COVID. Death must be considered.
The state had not yet announced any financial assistance other than the Rs 50,000 compensation ordered by the Supreme Court.
PC Vishnunath (Congress), who sought notice for the motion, alleged that 60 per cent of the total COVID deaths in India were recorded in Kerala.
Speaker MB Rajesh, however, refused permission for the motion on the basis of the minister’s reply.
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