PF School of Data, together with journalists, media organizations and civil society, addressed an open letter to Bakyt Dzhangaziev, Deputy Minister of Health for Digitalization.
It contains a request to resume the publication of a number of data that were previously provided by the Ministry of Health of the Kyrgyz Republic.
Since July 17, after the consolidation of statistics on the registration of laboratory confirmed and clinical and epidemiological cases of COVID-19, the Ministry of Health has ceased to publish a number of important information:
- deaths by sex, age, medical facility where the lethal outcome was recorded;
- about new cases in the context of districts and cities;
- new cases, disaggregated by age and sex;
- on the number of studies carried out on COVID-19 per day;
- on the condition of patients in the hospital: the number of patients in serious condition, in intensive care and at home isolation.
The appeal notes that according to the Law “On access to information under the jurisdiction of state bodies and local self-government bodies of the Kyrgyz Republic”, the main principles of freedom of access to information are its general availability, objectivity, timeliness, openness and reliability.
In accordance with Article 17 of this document, state bodies and local self-government bodies publish official data on measures taken to eliminate emergencies that threaten human life and health.
In this regard, data journalists are asked to provide open access to the following information that has not been previously published:
- about all health workers: how many work in the red zone, how many are on vacation now, how many are involved NOT in the treatment of COVID-19;
- morbidity and recovery of health workers: by age, qualifications (doctors, middle and junior staff), sex, broken down by region;
- about deceased health workers: name, cause of death, age, sex, position, place of death (in which medical institution), where he worked;
- about those who recovered: how many days the patient was in the hospital before being discharged;
- on the number of tests carried out in all regions of the country.
And also to the data:
- about the dynamics of the tests carried out by day;
- on the breakdown into primary and control tests;
- hospitalized and deceased on all counts: age, gender, place of residence (country, city / village), cause of death, travel history, general medical information (diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, etc.), symptoms (temperature, pain in chest, chills, cold, conjunctivitis, cough, diarrhea, discomfort, dizziness, shortness of breath, vomiting, expectoration, eye irritation, fatigue, sighing, headache, chest x-ray lesions, phlegm, malaise, muscle pain, myalgia, swelling , pneumonia, myelofibrosis, respiratory symptoms, rhinorrhea, drowsiness, weakness, etc.).
The letter emphasizes that using data with demographics, symptoms and physiological condition, it is possible to assess the risk of infection and mortality. These indicators play a key role in informing the public, reviewing the real situation and making decisions based on the analysis of information.
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School of data unites community to cover the spread of COVID-19 in Kyrgyzstan through open data and access to them. The goal of the project is to collect all sources of information on COVID-19 in one place in order to maximize the reality of the moment.
The letter was signed by:
PF “School of Data”;
RFE / RL;
OF “Media Police”;
Department of Journalism and Mass Communications of AUCA.