Hyderabad: Telangana’s state health bulletin does not provide information about four important parameters related to Covid-19, in comparison to other states, data revealed. The data, which was released by a crowd-sourced initiative covid19india.org, compiled the different data points released by states and union territories in their Covid-19 bulletins, using nine different parameters.

The first five parameters include data about testing numbers, total deaths by district, total recovered by district, total confirmed by district, as well the total number of cases. Out of these five parameters, Telangana does not provide information for at least three of them, including testing numbers, number of deaths, and number of people recovered by district. In addition to this, the state does not always provide the total number of confirmed cases by district, the data said.

In comparison to Telangana, Andhra Pradesh is a step forward by providing data for the five parameters. However, the consistency in providing age-wise and gender-wise demographic data, as well as providing travel history and contact history is not there, the study found. This is applicable for both Andhra and Telangana.

Out of the 27 states which were included in the list, 20 states have provided information for at least three parameters. These states include Maharashtra, Gujarat Tamil Nadu and Uttar Pradesh, which have a high number of Covid-19 cases, in comparison to the other states.

States that show the way in terms of data consistency

The report by covid19india.org found that Odisha and Karnataka have fulfilled all the nine parameters, by providing all the data in their respective state bulletins.

Other findings of the report highlight that there is a need for data standardisation in Covid-19 reporting across the states. Since, the study considered only state health bulletins and not district releases in the analysis, it was also found that state’s data was not integrated with district’s data.

For instance in case of Kerala, the researchers said that “details like demographics of patients and travel history, etc. are detailed in individual district collector's pages. This means that we have to monitor an additional 14 sources to fill these details. It would be great if these details were integrated into the state bulletin so that this information is available in one place for analysis.”

Amritha Mohan

Amritha Mohan is a reporter at the NewsMeter. Shortly after completing her Master's in Communication at the University of Hyderabad, she began teaching courses on media and culture as a guest lecturer at the Department of Journalism and Mass Communication, North-Eastern Hill University (NEHU), Shillong. Amritha has previously interned with news organisations such as Greater Kashmir and Newslaundry. A lover of travel and photography, she spends most of her time planning road trips to the North-East. Nothing makes her happier than a green turf and a team to play football with. She primarily reports on education, tech, human-interesting and critical features.

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