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INAI requests death statistics

By unanimous instruction of the Plenary of the National Institute of Transparency, Access to Information and Protection of Personal Data (INAI), the Ministry of Health must deliver the data contained in the Epidemiological and Statistical Subsystem of Deaths (SEED).

This, after an individual will request from the agency the public version of the database of the Epidemiological and Statistical System of Deaths (SEED) and the records of said database for the period from February 1 to July 1, 2020.

And in response to this request, the Ministry of Health replied that, although it has information in the terms that were requested, there is no information for the years 2019 and 2020.

The applicant, dissatisfied with the response, since it did not provide the requested information and did not determine the non-existence of the information for the years 2019 and 2020, filed an appeal for review by the INAI.

The case was presented to the Plenary by the commissioner president of INAI, Francisco Javier Acuña Llamas, who stated that the issue of deaths takes on special relevance in the context of the health emergency, especially because the official figures have been questioned.

“The official figures that since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic have been due to infections and deaths have been very controversial, very questionable and, naturally, it must, increasingly, generate an effective demand to clarify them because It turns out that these data will be known sooner or later, hopefully sooner rather than later, “said the commissioner.

In the analysis of the case, the presentation by Acuña Llamas warned that the information provided does not fully meet the provisions of the Federal Law on

Transparency and Access to Public Information (LFTAIP), because although information was provided in a dissociated way, statistics related to the death registration date were classified; user data, identifiers of the federative entity and system review, which does not fit into the classification assumption invoked by the obligated subject.

“The official explanation regarding deaths, and naturally within the period 2019-2020; are essential to compare that from one year to another in these months there has been a very important, probable and considerable sum of increase in deaths, that some of them could be key to understanding and dispelling the myths that have been created about the official figures and statistics on the subject of COVID, “he said.

Therefore, the Plenary of the INAI revoked the response issued by Health and instructed it to prepare a new public version in which, in addition to the data already provided, it includes the data of year, month, capture status, information date, update date and type of blade.