2018 Stats: Belarusians Get Sick And Die More Often From These Diseases

In 2018, Belarusians were most often diagnosed with respiratory diseases. For the first time in history, over 45,000 citizens per 100,000 of the population received the diagnosis.

2018 was the record-breaking year (in a bad way) in terms of people diagnosed with various diseases – over 85,000 Belarusians per 100,000 population.

According to the National Statistics Committee, the most common diseases in Belarus were respiratory – over 43,000 cases per 100,000 people. That is, almost half of Belarusians got them at least once in their life.

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Injuries, poisoning and some other external causes were found in over 7,000 people per 100,000 of the population. At the same time, Belarusians most often die from circulatory diseases and neoplasms.

In 2018, 718 people per 100,000 people died from diseases of the circulatory system, and about 198 people per 100,000 people died from neoplasms. The number of Belarusians who die from diseases of the circulatory system is growing. In 2017, there were about 697 people per 100,000 of the population.

Belarusians Die From Cancer More Often Than From Murder And Car Accidents

At the same time, the number of deaths from neoplasms remains at approximately the same level – in 2017, there were about 196 casualties per 100,000 of the population. Most often they die from neoplasms in the Vitebsk region. There, the mortality rate is just over 223 cases per 100,000.

The death rate from neoplasms in Minsk is the lowest in the country – a little over 176 people per 100,000. Out of 100,000 people, 19 committed suicide last year. In 2017, this figure was slightly higher: about 20 people per 100,000.

In seven months of 2019, 55 people died from domestic violence. This is more in comparison to the same period last year when 48 people died. On average, about 100 people die in Belarus at the hands of family aggressors per year.

Recall that Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko rejected a draft bill criminalizing domestic violence last autumn. If the draft had been adopted, it would have introduced “economic violence”, “stalking”, and “harassment” concepts into the Belarusian law.

The bill covered all forms of domestic violence and measures to determine, prevent and combat it within a family and after a divorce. Besides, it would have officially prohibited physically punishing children. The bill’s rejection caused public uproar but to no avail.