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“In an epidemiological situation, the greater the room for maneuver for a country and the more saddle health can be, the more data available. About hospitals, people and everything, ”said virologist Gábor Kemenesi in a podcast, then added: he does not know any data that should be kept secret, on the contrary, the experience that open communication is the most important condition for increasing vaccination. In countries with 87-90 percent vaccination, officials did not talk about how many people were punished for improper masking, but about what the epidemic curve looks like, how many people are cared for in the hospital, how they are treated, and what expected in the next two weeks.

Marcell Nagy, Secretary of the Hungarian Medical Chamber, also spoke. In an interview with Qubit, he also highlighted:

“Where healthcare is not transparent, treating patients is also much more difficult and uncertain. For example, the fact that domestic epidemiological data is not available is not at all useful from a professional point of view. ” When asked how useful it was then, he replied briefly: “It has only political benefits.”

He also added that the relevant ministries have been signaled countless times that publishing the data would increase the efficiency of the health system, but no change has been made. “Nor did the caregivers know the basic information about which intensive care unit, for example, in their own region, where they could refer their severely ill patients. If someone achieved results somewhere, they couldn’t share them with the others either, so the doctors couldn’t learn from each other either. Hungarian doctors are pretty much left alone, although the relationship between the professional workshops is also in the interest of the patients. ”

Data management of epidemiological authorities is cynical, secrecy only serves political interests (Photo: MTI)Data management of epidemiological authorities is cynical, secrecy only serves political interests (Photo: MTI)
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He set out his views on the matter in a long time Tamás Ferenci is a biostatistician, associate professor at the University of Óbuda is.

“Honest communication, transparent communication and decision-making, and treating people as partners is one of the foundations of successful epidemiological control,” he says. Ferenci also emphasizes the fact that the average person is not expected to behave according to the gravity of the situation, if they cannot know the real gravity of the situation.

According to him, people cannot be blamed for not vaccinating themselves, not, or just adhering to the recommendations to keep the epidemic under control, “if in the meantime they are kept in the dark about the real situation. This is perhaps most acute in Hungary today in connection with the issue of hospital conditions: people following the public service media are of the opinion that everything is in perfect order in hospitals, they have not been able to hear a word about any problems, difficulties, especially staff shortages, tiredness of staff, doctors working under indescribable pressure, professionals left without help in desperate situations, and even doctors in a year and a half, and not at all, that a patient would not receive perfect care. ” In addition, “lack of transparency is the best breeding ground for the spread of various conspiracy theories”.

Ferenci also points out that the data is also important from a quality assurance point of view. “At the same time, the data report on the good functioning of the health care system and the effectiveness of epidemic management. If they are only fed back in ‘internal communication’, there is much less pressure towards repair, however, if stakeholders know that the public is aware of this, this is in itself a very good way of forcing much better quality work..”

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This is already a direct threat to both the supply and the prevention of the epidemic, as the data will not be accessible to experts who could help to shape the strategy and present the situation in a comprehensible form.

“So withholding data is indeed a problem for the‘ average person ’, even if he or she does not analyze the data himself, because it also makes it impossible for him to hear the analysis of independent experts. If, on the other hand, this does not exist, it is not simply a problem, but downright life-threatening, because it means that there is no external control, and therefore there is a much lower chance that mistakes will be revealed, ”Ferenci writes.

And after describing in detail what information would be required to be disclosed and why, he adds: “I would stress VERY emphatically that a good 60-70% of those listed above could be communicated with ZERO money and almost zero energy: if there was only one thing, the intention would be In order to set up a well-functioning data collection and surveillance system, it would be possible to make this basic data available to the public within a week. “

Nurses are caring for a patient in the COVID intensive care unit of András Jósa Training Hospital - only such set images can be removed from the hospitals since the beginning of the epidemic (Photo: MTI / Attila Balázs)Nurses are caring for a patient in the COVID intensive care unit of András Jósa Training Hospital – only such set images can be removed from the hospitals since the beginning of the epidemic (Photo: MTI / Attila Balázs)

The government, on the other hand, is not only withholding this vital data, but it is also constantly violating the principles by which it does so.

“The current Hungarian data release not only withholds the data listed above from the public, but I can’t go without saying that in addition he also heads it all up with some incredible cynicism. An example: the comorbidities of the dead are reported one by one, including those with ‘alcoholic fatty liver disease’. Meanwhile, since they are age and not next to them, and they are displayed in the order of death, it is not at all impossible to identify them. ” At the same time, the press conference explains why “the age distribution of those infected (how many were between 50 and 60 years, between 60 and 70, etc.) is not given, literally the answer was that because it would make people traceable ”.