DOH “inconsistent” reports for COVID-19 deceased, hospital bed tallies, flagged by data analyst

IMG SOURCE: Bloomberg News

MANILA, Philippines — Some inconsistencies in the Department of Health’s COVID-19 reporting of fatalities and hospital bed capacities were found by ABS-CBN Data Analytics head Edson Guido on Monday.

“Pansin natin na medyo inconsistent ‘yong reporting ng DOH in the past 6 days,” Guido said.

On March 29, the country logged 16 COVID-19 deaths, followed by 5 on March 30. The number then went up to 106 on March 31, 6 on April 1, 17 on April 2, 103 on April 3 and 2 on April 4.

The DOH clarified that they needed to verify their data first from LGU and disease reporting units before releasing the information. 

Guido also mentioned some conflicting occupancy reports of bed availability especially in the capital region.

DOH reported last Sunday that ICU (intensive care units) beds in Metro Manila were at 78% capacity, 70% were utilized as isolation beds and bed in the ward section are at 60 % occupancy. In addition, 60% of ventilators were also used up. 

“‘Yong reports on the ground ay puno na sa Metro Manila at dinadala na sa ibang probinsiya,” he said. “So, nakikita natin na parang may disconnect talaga sa deaths at sa bed occupancy na nire-report ng DOH sa nangyayari on the ground,” he added. 

Before the announcement of ECQ in NCR+, many hospitals in Metro Manila have already announced that they are operating at full capacity for COVID19 patients.

REPORTING BY: Ghelo Carreon

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