Sverdlovsk region to set up commission to reduce mortality from external causes
A set of measures to achieve this goal was discussed at a meeting in Yekaterinburg, according to Vladimir Vlasov, the first deputy chairman of the Sverdlovsk regional government, Oblgazeta.ru reports.
Last year, more than 7,200 residents in the Middle Urals died from such incidents as accidents, home accidents, fires, emergencies on the water, food, alcohol or drug intoxication, suicide and homicide.
Vladimir Vlasov attributed the deaths to slow socio-economic development. He said that in the Sverdlovsk region, death from external causes ranks third and that in Russia as a whole it ranks second. In the first seven months of this year, there have been 463 deaths from external causes, a 32 percent increase over the same period from last year, according to Oblgazeta.ru.
Vladimir Vlasov is also drawing attention to the problems of alcoholism and suicide in the region.
Deputy Minister of Health of the Sverdlovsk Region Dilara Medvedskaya said that the number of deaths can be reduced. She explained that the number of deaths from external causes was lower than the number of deaths from cardiovascular diseases and cancer, totaling 11.9 percent of all deaths in the region in 2011 and 12 percent of all deaths so far in 2012.
She added that when looking at the figures for the working population, the figure rises to 30 percent and becomes the highest cause of death.
Medvedskaya said the high numbers are worth studying. Amongst the deaths from accidents, suicide accounted for 26.1 deaths per hundred thousand residents, alcohol poisoning for 15.75 deaths, murder for 14.1 deaths and other accidents for 17.7 deaths, according to Oblgazeta.ru.
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