MANILA, Feb 23 (Mabuhay) —

The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) was among the top causes of death in the Philippines in the first 11 months of 2021, placing third after ischemic heart and cerebrovascular diseases, according to the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA).

Latest data from the PSA showed that ischemic heart diseases were the top cause of mortality in the country from January to November 2021, with 125,913 cases or 17.9% of the total deaths.

This was a 31.9% increase from the 95,439 cases or 17% of the total deaths in the same period in 2020.

Cerebrovascular diseases were ranked as the second leading cause of death in the country during the period, with 68,180 deaths or 9.7%.

The PSA said this showed an increase of 16.6% from 58,476 deaths or 10.4% in the same period in 2020.

Deaths due to COVID-19 (virus identified) were the third leading cause, accounting for 67,494 deaths (9.6%), up from rank 14 with 8,390 deaths (1.5%) in the same period of 2020.

“Figures in this release, specifically for deaths due to COVID-19, may differ from the one released by the Department of Health (DOH) because the figures in this release were obtained from the certificates of death particularly the descriptions written on the medical certificate portion therein as reviewed by the health officer of the local government unit concerned,” the PSA said in a statement.

“On the other hand, the figures released by the DOH were obtained through a surveillance system. Furthermore, figures in this release for deaths due to COVID-19 refer to both confirmed and probable cases as of registration.”

Neoplasms or cancer was the fourth leading cause of death in the country with 54,853 cases or 7.8%.

Deaths due to diabetes mellitus (44,491 or 6.3%), which ranked fifth, had an increase of 22.4%. (MNS)

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