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Statistics on Maternal and Infant Deaths in Central Visayas, 2020

Release Date: 30 June 2022
Reference Number: 2022-SR07-023

Central Visayas lodged more than one thousand registered infant deaths in 2020

At national level, there are 16,885 registered infant deaths. Across regions in the country, top three regions with highest number of registered infant deaths were Region IV-(CALABARZON), National Capital Region (NCR), and Region III (Central Luzon) respectively. Meanwhile, Central Visayas ranked fourth with 1,376 or 7.3 percent in terms of highest of registered infant deaths. (See Figure 1)

Proportion of Infant deaths to total deaths by province/HUCs

Among provinces of Region 7, the province of Cebu had the highest proportion of infant deaths that occurred with 583 or 2.9 percent shares of the total number of  deaths in the province, followed by Bohol with 208 or 2.4 percent and Negros Oriental with 197 or 2.4 percent contribution of the total deaths occurrence. The province with least number of infant deaths was Siquijor with only 19. This accounts to 2.3 percent of the total deaths in the province which maybe indicative of less population. On the other hand, for highly urbanized cities, the City of Cebu had the highest infant deaths occurred with 206 or 2.6 percent from the total number of  deaths occurred compared to the City of Lapu-lapu  and Mandaue City with 88 or  3.5 percent and 75 or 3.4 percent respectively.  (See Figure 2)

Region VII polls more male infant deaths occurrence in 2020

Of the total infant deaths in Central Visayas, 59 percent are male or 808 number of male infant deaths occurred while 41 percent are female or 568 number of female infant deaths. Infant deaths contributed to only 2.7 percent of the total deaths occurred in the region.  (See Figure 3 and 4)

Infant Deaths by month of occurrence

The highest number of registered infant deaths was recorded in the month of January with 165 or 12.0 percent of the total registered infant deaths in the region while the month with lowest number of infant deaths occurrence was in the month of April  with 47 or 5.2 percent.   (See Figure 5)

Infant Deaths by Attendant in Central Visayas, 2020

Seventy three  percent of the registered infant deaths in Central Visayas were attended, 50 percent or 693 number of infant deaths were attended by the hospital authorities, 15 percent or 200 infant deaths were attended by a private physician and 7 percent or 100 were attended by a public health officer. (See Figure 5)

Central Visayas reported about 200 hundred registered maternal deaths in 2020

Central Visayas recorded a total of 199 registered maternal deaths in the year 2020. This contributes to 10.1 percent of the 1,975 total number of registered maternal deaths in the country. The highest number of maternal deaths was recorded in the age group of  35-39 with 43 or 21.6 percent of the total registered maternal deaths occurrence in the region. (See Figure 6)

Technical Notes:

Vital statistics » are derived from information obtained at the time when the occurrences of vital events and their characteristics are inscribed in a civil register. Vital acts and events are the births, deaths, fetal deaths, marriages, and all such events that have something to do with an individual's entrance and departure from life together with the changes in civil status that may occur to a person during his lifetime.

Death » refers to the permanent disappearance of all evidence of life at any time after live birth has taken place.

Infant Death» is a deaths that occurred before reaching age 1.

Maternal Death » is the death of a woman while pregnant or within 42 days of termination of pregnancy, irrespective of the duration and site of pregnancy, from any cause related to or aggravated by the pregnancy or its management but not from accidental or incidental causes.

Place of Occurrence» refers to the place where the vital event took place.

Usual Residence» refers to the place where the person habitually or permanently resides.


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