For four straight years, from 2015-2018, the City Health Office recorded sepsis and cancer as the leading cause of deaths in Dumaguete City with 1, 583 and 1, 116 cases, respectively.
City Health Officer Dr. Ma. Sarah B. Talla also reported that in the same period about 10, 412 people died due to different causes while the number of live births in the four-year period reached only 8, 992.
However, Dr. Talla clarified that the number of deaths included those admitted in several hospitals of the city where serious cases were usually referred. Thus, some of those who died are not actual residents of Dumaguete City but from other cities and towns of the province and region, whose deaths are included in the report for the city as the place of occurrence.
Meanwhile, the number of maternal mortality or mothers who died due to pregnancy and childbirth has fluctuated since 2015 (16 deaths), 2016 (13), 2017 (11) and 2018 (18 deaths). On the other hand, 114 infants died before reaching the age of one-year old in 2015; 135 infants in 2016; 100 in 2017 and 113 in 2018. Not only that, 626 children (age 1-5 years old) died in the last 4 years: 157 children in 2015; 188 in 2016; 135 in 2017 and 146 in 2018.
From 2015-2016 the 6 other top causes of death aside from sepsis and cancer are the following: cardiac arrest, 976 deaths; Pneumonia, 926; kidney failure, 708; cerebrovascular disease/stroke 569; vehicular accidents 504 and multi-organ failure, 374.Talla said that in many cases, people need only to live a healthy and stress-free lifestyle to avoid acquiring the diseases in the first place.
She counsels for 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.