Malaysian Government To Be More Transparent And Will Start Publishing All Covid Data

New Method Of Distributing COVID Data Is To Be Introduced
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Health experts have endorsed a plan to ease public fear by sharing all Covid data in its entirety rather than in pieces.


Malaysian Government To Be More Transparent And Will Start Publishing All Covid Data

Health experts have endorsed a plan to ease public fear by sharing all Covid data in its entirety rather than in pieces.

Last Monday, Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin declared that the daily count of infections will be provided with other important statistics.

He said that the goal was to mitigate the effect that a daily rise in infections would have on the “fear factor".

Dr Sanjay Rampal, a professor of epidemiology and public health at Universiti Malaya, hailed the idea as well-intentioned, while Dr Koh Kar Chai, president of the Malaysian Medical Association, thinks it would guarantee accurate reporting.

Previously, the number of new infections each day was revealed in the afternoon, but statistics on deaths, hospital occupancy, critical care capacity, and the number of patients requiring breathing support were not disclosed until the next day.

These numbers will now be published daily.

Source - The Edge Markets

Sanjay said that the shift in messaging is consistent with growing evidence indicating the Omicron waves would result in an increase in cases but a decrease in severe illnesses.

The overall messaging has to be more consistent with the burden placed on us by this disease.

Sanjay noted that some communications promoting specific standard operating procedures (SOPs), such as the necessity to wear face masks and be vaccinated, “tend to emphasise the excessive burden on everyone."

That is likely to intensify fear,” he said, adding that relaxing the SOP could take away some of the pressure.

Sanjay said the messaging direction has made the transition from its focus on the total number of new infections every day to highlighting healthcare utilisation.

Koh said the move to stop releasing infection figures every afternoon would give the authorities more time to review data to ensure that it is accurate before being sent out to the public.

The fear factor will depend on how the data is viewed by the public. They need to be reassured that there is transparency in the reports given out and that it is not a move to delay the release of data on positive cases,” he told theSun.

Koh said the move to include data on hospital occupancy rates, ICU utilisation, fatality rates and a breakdown of cases by category also gave a clearer picture of the current situation of the pandemic.

The people will appreciate such detailed reports instead of just the data on new cases each day. Ultimately, this data will not mean a lot to us when we enter the endemic stage of the Covid-19 crisis,” he said.

Source – The Sun Daily

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