(MENAFN- Trend News Agency)
India on Monday expressed dismay and concern over the WHO's
recent report on all-cause excess mortality estimates, saying
authentic data published by the statutory authority has not been
taken into account, Trend reports citing Business Standard .
Addressing the World Health Assembly, Union Health Minister
Mansukh Mandaviya conveyed the collective disappointment of the
Central Council of Health and Family Welfare, a representative body
of health ministers from all states of India, which had passed a
unanimous resolution regarding the approach and methodology of the
World Health Organization (WHO) on its excess mortality report.
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.
According to the report, there were 4.7 million Covid deaths in
India -- 10 times the official figure and almost a third of Covid
'India would like to express its disappointment over the manner
in which the report by WHO on all-cause mortality was prepared and
published ignoring the concerns expressed by India and other
countries over the methodology and sources of data, setting aside
the country specific authentic data from the statutory authority of
India,' Mandaviya said in his address at the 75th session of the
World Health Assembly at the WHO headquarters in Geneva.
Mandaviya exhorted India's commitment to build a more resilient
global health security architecture.
'As highlighted by India's Prime Minister, there is a need to
build a resilient global supply chain to enable equitable access to
vaccines and medicines, streamlining WHO's approval process for
vaccines and therapeutics and strengthen WHO to build a more
resilient global health security architecture,' he said.
As a responsible member of the global community, India is ready
to play a key role in these efforts, he added.
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
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