The Madras High Court on Friday noticed that the Tamil Nadu authorities may conduct a examine, by a specialised crew, of the declaration of COVID-19 deaths since there have been complaints of many deaths not having been attributed to the contagion.
The First Division Bench of Chief Justice Sanjib Banerjee and Justice Senthilkumar Ramamoorthy additionally stated it might solely be “fit and proper” to revise demise certificates already issued, “if necessary,” on the idea of the proposed examine.
The judges known as for a preliminary response from the State inside a fortnight in order that the problem might be addressed in a extra detailed method. Advocate-General R. Shunmugasundaram agreed to take action. Further, observing that there have been grievances all around the nation concerning COVID-19 deaths not having been recorded appropriately, the judges directed Additional Solicitor-General R. Sankaranarayanan to determine the Centre’s response.
The interim orders had been handed on a public curiosity litigation petition filed by Chennai-based advocate H.A. Shrirajalakshmi by her counsel T. Mohan. The litigant had stated the households of many COVID-19 victims within the State had been unable to get money reduction and different advantages because the deaths had been recorded to have been attributable to lung or coronary heart issues and never by the pandemic.
Stating that the petition had raised an essential problem, the judges stated that so far as Tamil Nadu was involved, there have been reviews in some quarters that until a COVID-19-positive report had been issued with respect to a affected person, his/her demise wouldn’t be recorded as COVID-19 demise. There had been additionally complaints of many deaths not being attributed to COVID-19 if the sufferers had been affected by different illnesses.
“Without attempting to go into the specialised domain of doctors and persons trained in such regard, it is elementary that the major ailment suffered by a person may result in the heart being attacked and death due to such attack. However, the cause of the death in such a case may not be appropriately attributed to just a heart attack, but the underlying reason for the heart being attacked ought to be regarded as the real cause. So has it to be done in case of deaths triggered by COVID-19 even if the person suffered from co-morbidities,” the court docket stated.
The judges stated that solely correct recording of deaths would assist in research being undertaken to take care of a pandemic of this nature in future. “Also, the immediate concern in some cases is that the relief that the family of a person who died due to COVID-19 is entitled to may not be available unless the death certificate attributes the cause of death to COVID-19,” they stated.