Health Dept not exaggerating COVID count: Sampath

SHILLONG, Sep 24: The state’s health department has said that reports being circulated that healthcare institutions are exaggerating COVID-19 numbers in order to receive financial assistance are “rumours”.

“This allegation is absolutely false and baseless. It is the responsibility of the State to ensure that diagnosis of COVID-19 is accurately made to contain the spread of the virus,” Sampath Kumar, Commissioner and Secretary, Health and Family Welfare department said.

According to Kumar the State has one of the lowest COVID-19 cases per million population across India even as he added that this has been achieved by trying to test all those who are susceptible to COVID-19.

Kumar said in that direction, one important category is to test those vulnerable to COVID-19 coming to hospitals also.

“More than ninety percent of COVID19 patients are treated only in Government Hospitals or facilities.
As such, any allegation that hospitals and healthcare centres are receiving financial help for declaring a patient as COVID-19 positive is absolutely without any basis,” the Commissioner and Secretary Health and Family Welfare department said.

Kumar also requested citizens to discourage and disengage in spreading such rumours.