Weekend Post (South Africa)
Most deaths in EC due to accidents and assault
MORE than half of all deaths in the Eastern Cape are a result of accidents, assaults or trauma.
This is according to statistics released by Stats SA this week, which are taken from death notifications made to the Department of Home Affairs.
According to the report, 1 157 deaths in Nelson Mandela Bay (or 10.5% of deaths) were caused by trauma or other unnatural causes in 2015.
Assault is the most commonly identified source of deaths in the province, causing more than one-fifth of non-natural deaths.
Transport accidents were identified as the second-most common cause of non-natural death in the province, standing at 13%.
According to the report, 2.4% or 187 deaths were caused by complications during surgery or a hospital stay.
Thirty deaths in the province were due to suicide.
According to the latest District Health Barometer, vehicle accidents (6.%), interpersonal violence (14.4%) and strangulation or threats to breathing (5.6%) were in the top 10 causes of non-natural deaths for Bay residents between the ages of 15 and 44. – Estelle Ellis