Public Health Institute Batut: Our coronavirus data for Serbia is accurate and verifiable
"In this way we refute information that is being placed among the public in a sensationalist way about the number of infected and deceased patients, because it is not accurate," the Batut Institute points out
The Institute of Public Health of Serbia "Dr Milan Jovanović Batut" condemns the allegations that are appearing in public questioning the credibility of the data on the number of people infected by coronavirus and those who died from the COVID-19 disease.
"In this way we refute information that is being placed in the public in a sensationalist way about the number of infected and deceased patients, because it is not accurate. As an institution that has been cooperating with all relevant international health organizations such as the WHO for 95 years, this kind of attack is an attempt to discredit Batut and all other healthcare institutions, bearing in mind that professional public is aware of the way records are kept, while members of the Crisis HQ have spoken about this publicly as well," said a statement issued by Batut and published on its website.
It added that it is very dangerous when individuals, who are not medical experts, offer interpretations based on inaccurate data regarding the classification of Covid-19 patients.
"The data of the Batut Institute is verifiable, accurate and, above all, based on medical documentation on the epidemiological situation in Serbia. Based on the collected data, the Batut Institute gives expert recommendations in order to control the epidemiological situation in our country," the statement said, and stressed:
"During the 95 years of work and existence of the Institute, no one has ever attacked it without arguments like is being done today. Batut is open for any professional cooperation and discussion. This is not just an attack on the Batut Institute, but an attack on the entire healthcare system during the fight against Covid 19. The position of the state of Serbia since the first day of the fight against coronavirus is clear - to transparently and daily inform the public about all relevant data pertaining to the epidemic."
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