According to statistics provided by the facility, Hypertension appeared top of the 10 causes of death at the Eastern Regional Hospital in 2018.
In 2018, out of the 943 deaths recorded at the hospital, hypertension accounted for 210, as against 139 in 2017.
There were 207 deaths due to HIV and AIDS and retroviral infections, making it the 2nd cause of loss of lives, while cerebrovascular accidents (CVA) accounted for the demise of 107 people.
81 others died from birth asphyxia; 77 from chronic liver cirrhosis; 69 from septicaemia/sepsis and 61 from pneumonia. The rest were kidney diseases, 44 deaths; diabetes mellitus, 43, and prematurity of babies, 37.
The Medical Director of the hospital, Dr Kwame Anim-Boamah, said the facility also recorded 36 maternal deaths in 2018, compared to 39 in 2017, In a media interaction to highlight some of the successes and challenges encountered at the facility in Koforidua last Friday.
He added, out of the 36 maternal deaths, 31, representing 86.1 %, were cases referred from other health facilities in the region, with two expectant mothers brought in already dead.
In 2018, Dr Anim-Boamah mentioned malaria, which accounted for 1, 521 cases; anaemia,1,422; sepsis/septicaemia, 1,145; hypertension 1,131; pneumonia 960; jaundice 703 and 640 urinary tract infections (UTIs).
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