DIMAPUR, AUGUST 31: Nagaland has scored the highest in COVID-19 surveillance reporting among Indian States, according to a survey said to have been conducted by two students of Stanford University, USA.
The two Indian Ph. D scholars at Stanford University, Abhenaya Gnanaskeran and Varun Vasudevan, had written to the State’s Health Department on Tuesday, informing of their findings.
“Our recent findings show that the quality of surveillance data reporting in Nagaland is the best in the country. Nagaland scores highest in our metric because of high quality granular data reporting through weekly bulletins”, they wrote.
The scholars, along with few others, led by Prof. James Zou of Stanford University, have been evaluating reporting of COVID-19 surveillance data from the States in India since May 2020, they informed.
‘Reporting quality’, they explained, refers to the presence/absence of a data item in the surveillance data published by the State Government citing age distribution for deaths as an example of such a data item.
“This is the largest study of its kind to assess the quality of COVID-19 data reporting in India. We did a comprehensive assessment of 100+ national and sub-national (State) Government digital platforms (web and mobile) to identify what is present and what is missing in the reporting of surveillance data, bed availability, and vaccination monitoring data”, they informed.
According to them, the age, gender, co-morbidity data of deaths that were provided in Nagaland’s weekly bulletin showed high quality granular surveillance reporting.
As per their metrics, Nagaland scored the highest with 0.61, followed by Kerala with 0.57 score. The median surveillance reporting score was 0.46; which is an increase from 0.26 in May 2020 and 0.30 in July 2020.
“By not reporting granular details, Governments are making a choice to make certain information invisible to the scientific community and the public. One interesting direction for future research is to explore what decisions shape how Governments in India are reporting COVID-19 surveillance and vaccination monitoring data”, the study suggested.
In their letter to the State’s Health Department, the two scholars said: “We are writing this email to appreciate the effort from the Nagaland Government in making these bulletins available. By releasing the data, and its interpretations along with public health recommendations, your Government is empowering people to be proactive about their health”.
(Page News Service)