Dismissing the allegations leveled by certain parties that figures on COVID-19 related deaths are on the contrary, Deputy Director-General of Health Services Dr. Hemantha Herath said today there is no room to alter or hide the figures and there is no such move at present.
Addressing the media, he said the figures with regards to COVID-19 cases and deaths are obtained after consulting various parties including doctors, judicial medical officers, public health inspectors and medical officer of health.
“This is not done on haphazard manner. Every section mentioned above makes their contribution when final figures on COVID-19 matters are released," Dr Herath stressed.
He also said whoever wishes to obtain information pertaining to COIVD-19 figures in the country, can reach the Health Ministry.
The Government Medical Officers’ Association (GMOA) claimed that the actual number of COVID-19 deaths and cases in the country are higher than the official statistics released by the officials and thus they demanded an explanation from health authorities on the accuracy of figures released daily. (Sheain Fernandopulle)