TB‚ stroke and diabetes: SA biggest killers

The three leading causes of deaths last year were tuberculosis‚ strokes and diabetes‚ according to the Mortality and Causes of Death report released by Statistics SA in Pretoria on Wednesday.

A total of 453‚360 people died last year.

Communicable diseases accounted for 36% of deaths and non-natural deaths like injuries accounted for 10‚5% of the deaths.

Gender differentials show that top five causes of deaths amongst females were four non-communicable diseases and one communicable disease. Amongst males‚ the top five causes of deaths consisted of three non-communicable diseases and two communicable diseases.

Seven provinces (except Mpumalanga and Limpopo)‚ had over 50% of deaths due to non-communicable diseases. Western Cape had the highest proportion (64‚4%) of deaths due to non-communicable diseases.

 

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