West Bengal formed a committee of five doctors to scrutiny Covid death
Kolkata : Inter-Ministerial Central Team (IMCT) writes a letter to the West Bengal Chief Secretary to explain methodology used by ‘committee of doctors’ in West Bengal to ascertain death due to Covid-19 and also if it is in line with Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) guidelines.
According to the letter ,IMCT seeks interaction with committee to understand their methodology . The IMCT seeks to have the following –
- Government order constituting the committee of doctors to declare cause of death for COVID patient
- Case records of all Covid patients where cause of death is attribute to some other cause by the committee
- Time taken by the committee in coming to its conclussion
- Whether such a committee to ascertain cause of death exists for any other disease in the State of West Bengal
- Whether such a committee is line with ICMR guidelines or medical practice .
Earlier, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said that ‘ We have formed a committee of five doctors who will decide the actual cause of death. They are the experts, I am not. We do not want to create panic among people. Please trust the doctors. ‘
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A government order issued on April 5, said that doctors signing death certificates must fill out a form which will then be scrutinized by a committee of five doctors; and attach 24 test reports, including for scrub typhus, dengue, malaria, CPK (enzymes in blood to diagnose heart attack) and Procalcitonin (substance in blood produced by bacterial infection). They are also required to attach CT scan reports of the thorax and a liver function test.
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