FORMER Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak urged the Health Ministry (MOH) to explain on why there was a huge backlog in reporting COVID-19 fatalities.
“How did this happen? Since May, Malaysia became one of the countries with the highest daily infection, with most number of COVID-19 deaths.
“If there is still backlog in reporting fatalities, MOH would update its data soon to reflect real time situation,” he said, in a Facebook post.
Since taking over the Health Ministry from his predecessor Datuk Seri Dr Adham Baba, Khairy Jamaluddin made a series of announcement to improve COVID-19 mitigation and containment.
He also told the public that there was a serious backlog in terms of reporting COVID-19 death tally, particularly those from the Klang Valley.
However, the Rembau MP assured that the matter would be resolved in weeks to come.
Yesterday, the public was alarmed when MOH reported 592 COVID-19 related deaths. However, the ministry explained that the actual death tally was only at 100, while the rest were from the backlog.
On that note, Najib urged the MOH to address the mater soon as the public were getting anxious over COVID-19 cases in the country.
“According to the CovidNow graph maintained by the MOH, the number of deaths reported on July and August, before the change in Government, was lower than the actual number of fatalities,” the Pekan MP remarked. – Sept 12, 2021.