May 19, 2024

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Top 3 causes of deaths in the Philippines 

Ischaemic heart diseases, neoplasms, and cerebrovascular diseases lead the causes of death in the Philippines

THE top three causes of death in the country from January to December of 2022 were ischaemic heart diseases, neoplasms, and cerebrovascular diseases.

The leading causes of death in the same period in 2021 were ischaemic heart diseases, cerebrovascular diseases, and COVID-19 virus identified. From January to December of 2022, ischaemic heart diseases were the leading cause of death with 121,558 cases or 18.3 percent of the total deaths in the country.

On the other hand, neoplasms, came in second with 67,669 deaths (10.2% share), while cerebrovascular diseases were the third leading cause with 67,475 recorded cases (10.2% share).

Deaths due to diabetes mellitus recorded 41,886 cases or 6.3 percent share, making it the fourth leading cause of death, while deaths due to hypertensive diseases, which ranked fifth, recorded 38,119 cases or 5.7 percent share.

Deaths due to Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) decreased substantially in 2022

Registered deaths due to COVID-19 accounted for a total of 17,662 deaths or 2.7 percent of the total registered deaths from January to December 2022.

This shows a decline of -84.3 percent from the 112,772 deaths due to COVID-19 that were registered in the same period in 2021.

By classification, COVID-19 with virus identified was the 11th leading cause of death in the country with 12,610 cases or 1.9 percent of the total deaths. It was ranked 3rd in the same period in 2021 with 79,423 deaths or 9.0 percent of the total deaths.

Meanwhile, registered deaths due to COVID-19 with virus not identified accounted for 5,052 or 0.8 percent of the total deaths, down from 8th in 2021 to 24th as the leading cause of death in the country in 2022. 

Four regions report more than a thousand COVID-19 deaths

Among the 17 regions, National Capital Region (NCR) registered the highest number of deaths due to COVID-19 with 4,357 or 24.7 percent of the total COVID-19 deaths from January to December 2022. Region IV-A (CALABARZON) ranked second with 2,857 deaths (16.2% share), Central Luzon came in third with 2,361 deaths (13.4% share), while Western Visayas was fourth with 1,250 deaths (7.1% share). On the other hand, BARMM reported the least number of registered COVID-19 deaths with only 68 cases (0.4% share).

Quezon City registers most COVID-19 deaths in NCR

In NCR, Quezon City reported the highest number of deaths due to COVID-19, with 898 deaths or 20.6 percent of the total COVID-19 deaths in the region from January to December 2022. This was followed by the City of Manila and City of Pasig with 648 (14.9% share) and 455 (10.4% share) COVID-19 deaths, respectively.