NUBE urges Ministry of Health to give consistent Covid-19 data

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KUCHING, Sept 16: National Union of Bank Employees (NUBE) secretary-general J Solomon is urging the Ministry of Health (KKM) to provide consistent sets of Covid-19 data to the public daily to avoid causing discrepancies in information.

Based on a NUBE study, he said currently there are three or four pieces of data available each day from multiple sources or platforms and this could cause confusion.

“The first is statistics released through the latest CovidNow portal, which usually appears by noon each (based on data as of 11.59 midnight the previous day).

“The second post by the Director General of Health Tan Sri Noor Hisham Abdullah is released through his social media and another statement is from KKM media in the afternoon every day (based on data as of 12 noon)

“In NUBE’s view, the existence of various data sets on the status of Covid-19 cases in Malaysia, which can confuse the public who are already facing a series of pressures in the wake of this ongoing health crisis,” he said.

Thus, Solomon recommended that KKM use a uniform method, regardless of when the reporting deadline is, through the Covid-19 Vaccine Access Assurance Special Committee (JKJAV) so that the figures released do not raise questions.

“NUBE is not sure whether KKM is currently in the process of streamlining daily data reporting methods.

“Nevertheless, NUBE hopes that KKM will review the current reporting methods to make it easier for the public to obtain the latest information and avoid negative perceptions about the current daily reporting process,” he added. — DayakDaily