CHP Istanbul chair questions accuracy of death certificates amid coronavirus pandemic

Duvar English

Main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) Istanbul chair Canan Kaftancıoğlu has questioned the accuracy of death certificates amid the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, while claiming that the death certificate cited the reason for death of a doctor who died of coronavirus as “infectious disease.”

“The death certificate of Cemil Taşçıoğlu prepared on April 1 cites ‘infectious disease’ as the reason for death. This is only one example,” Kaftancıoğlu said in a tweet on April 30.

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“The number of deaths announced by the Health Ministry on April 1 is 63 across Turkey. The number of deaths over ‘infectious diseases’ on the same day is 80 only in Istanbul,” she added.

The debate over the Health Ministry’s reporting of coronavirus deaths has been ongoing since the country reported its first case on March 11.

According to critics and the Turkish Medical Association (TTB), the ministry doesn’t use the appropriate World Health Organization (WHO) codes when reporting coronavirus deaths.

The association has been claiming that the number of coronavirus deaths in the country is higher than the official figures announced daily by Health Minister Fahrettin Koca.

According to the association, some deaths are recorded as being caused by “infectious diseases,” “viral pneumonia” or as “natural death,” ignoring those who died over coronavirus.

When asked about the criticism on the issue, Koca said that the death certificates are prepared by doctors, while asking, “Don’t you trust the doctors?”

Kaftancıoğlu, in return, said that they fully trust the doctors, but the problem stems from the lack of COVID-19 code when reporting deaths.

“It’s known that 100 percent of those who died over infectious diseases in this period actually died of coronavirus,” she said.

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About CHP EU Representation

The CHP was founded on 9 September 1923, about one and half month before the proclamation of the Republic of Turkey. The first President of modern Turkey’s oldest party was M. Kemal Atatürk. Today CHP is a social-democratic party, member of the Socialist International and associate member of the Socialist Group at the European Parliament. The scope of the CHP bureau in Brussels is not limited to the bilateral framework of Turkey's EU accession process. Issues such as the information society, energy policies, social development, climate change, international trade and security are among the different focus areas. The EU-Turkey relations are about integration and need multiple, plural and horizontal channels of communication. The CHP supports and promotes Turkey's EU membership process also by being more present and active in Brussels The CHP's Representative to the EU is Ms Kader Sevinç who previously worked as an MEP advisor at the European Parliament and in the private sector.
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