By Analou De Vera
The Department of Health (DOH)-Calabarzon recently conducted a training program for government physicians in the region on the proper and accurate filling-out and standardization on the filing of certificate of death.
The training was aimed at improving the capability of medical doctors in the region for the accurate data entry on the death certificate which is “valuable for the regional and national health policy and planning,” the DOH-Calabarzon said.
“One of the major roles of a medical doctor is to certify the cause of death of a person and the proper registration including the accurate data entry on the document,” said Dr. Susana Castillo, head of the Health Facility Operation and Development Unit.
Castillo emphasized that the precise and correct data entry in a person’s death certificate is crucial as it is a public record which is sometimes used as a medico-legal document in legal cases.
“An erroneous and inaccurate entry could place a physician, who certified it, in trouble. More so, error in reporting a death can cause wrong statistical counting of mortality data,” she said.
“Every medical practitioner, especially those in the public service must have the technical knowledge and guidance to properly accomplish a death certificate, its legal mandates including rules and procedures for proper registration,” she added.