City Health Officer, Dr. Ma. Sarah Talla, reported recently that sepsis and cancer are the leading causes of death in Dumaguete City.
Talla reported that from 2015-2018, the City Health Office recorded 1,583 sepsis and 1,116 cancer cases.
In the same period, she said, 10,412 people died due to different causes while the number of live births in the four-year period reached 8,992.
Talla clarified that the number of deaths included those admitted in several hospitals in the city that were serious cases and referred by other doctors. So, some of those who died were not residents of Dumaguete, but from other cities and towns in the province and region, but whose deaths were included in the report for the city as place of occurrence.
From 2015-2016, the six other top causes of death were cardiac arrest with 976 deaths, pneumonia – 926, kidney failure – 708, cerebrovascular disease/stroke – 569, vehicular accidents – 504, and multi-organ failure, 374 deaths.
Talla said that in many cases, people needed only to live a healthy and stress-free lifestyle to avoid acquiring the diseases.
She counseled individuals to avoid smoking, processed food, and those with high cholesterol; consume moderate amounts of alcohol, salt and sugar; maintain normal blood pressure and ideal body weight; get enough sleep; maintain a well-balanced diet; indulge in a 30 minute daily exercise, and eat more fruits and vegetables.
Meanwhile, the number of maternal mortality or mothers who died due to pregnancy and childbirth fluctuated from 2015 to 2018.
Talla reported that 114 infants died before reaching the age of one-year old in 2015; 135 infants in 2016; 100 in 2017; and 113 in 2018.*
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