Two-thirds of registered deaths in Arunachal remain medically uncertified

ITANAGAR, 28 May: Two-thirds of the registered deaths in Arunachal Pradesh remain without their causes having been medically certified in 2019 and 2020, according to the report on the medical certification of cause of death (MCCD), 2020.

The state registered a total of 3,475 deaths during 2020, of which 1,160 (33.4 percent) deaths are medically certified.

In 2019, 3,490 deaths were registered and 1,166 deaths were medically certified (33.4 percent).

Arunachal has reported the highest 38.9 percent medically certified deaths due to symptoms, signs and abnormal clinical and laboratory findings, followed by disease of the circulatory system (19 percent), certain infections and parasitic diseases (13.6 percent), and neoplasms (10.3 percent).

The state has reported 2.9 percent medically certified deaths due to diseases of the respiratory system, 2.8 percent due to endocrine and nutritional and netabolic diseases, 0.5 percent due to injury, poisoning and certain other consequences of external causes, 4.1 percent due to certain conditions originating in prenatal period, and 8 percent in other groups, the data stated.

No medically certified Covid-19 death was registered in Arunachal and Lakshadweep during 2020, the MCCD report said.

Arunachal recorded its first Covid-19 fatality on 25 June, 2020. The state has so far recorded 296 Covid-19 deaths.

During 2020, Manipur and Goa had reported cent percent registered deaths as medically certified, followed by 99.7 percent in Lakshadweep, 79.2 percent in Puducherry, 66.5 percent in D&N Haveli and Daman & Diu, 66.4 percent in Chandigarh, 63.4 percent in A&N Islands, and 56.6 percent in Delhi.

Among the major states, the highest level of medical certification of cause of death has been reported in Tamil Nadu (43 percent), followed by Maharashtra (42.8 percent), Telangana (30.9 percent), Karnataka (28.7 percent), Andhra Pradesh (22.3 percent) and Gujarat (20.6 percent).

Medically certified deaths account for 22.5 percent of the total registered deaths at the national level.

The report has been prepared by the MCCD unit of the vital statistics division of the registrar general and census commissioner.