DOH: Data system ‘problem’ resolved amid report of no new deaths on Friday

MANILA — The health ministry said on Saturday it fixed technical issues hampering its data collection system, prompting it not to report any recent deaths on Friday.

Under Secretary of Health Maria Rosario Vergeire said COVIDKaya, her central data repository, was fixed on Saturday morning with help from the Department of Information and Communications Technology, which is helping to manage it.

Vergeire added that there could be a slight increase in case results for the day due to the backlogs.

“Ang ating COVIDKaya raised technical issues earlier this week at ‘yun po ay napag-alaman natin na’ yung ating central storage base a kakaunti na lang and hindi na po napu-push ang ating mga data from our laboratories and reporting units, ”Vergeire explained in a public briefing.

(Our COVIDKaya ran into technical issues earlier this week, due to the shrinking central storage base. This is the reason that data from our labs and reporting units has not been transmitted. )

She added that COVIDKaya is important in determining the patient’s “outcome” or medical condition, whether they have already recovered, died or are still battling the respiratory illness.

She also clarified that the reported zero deaths did not mean there had been no casualties from the novel coronavirus, saying the development was due to the problem with the system.

The DOH said earlier it had resorted to manual “fixes” to report Friday’s cases as a result of the system issue.

The agency said the data it submitted for the day could not contain “up-to-date data entries in certain areas, such as health status, residence, quarantine status.”

It came as the country is experiencing local transmission of the more contagious Delta variant, which first appeared in India and tore the country’s healthcare system apart at its peak in April.

Authorities in the Philippines have scrambled to try and prevent the spread of the variant after it sparked an increase in infections in Southeast Asia, most notably Indonesia.

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