CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY—The City Health Office (CHO) on Monday said heart attacks and animal bites were the two most recorded health cases in 2021 here.

Dr. Rachel Dilla, head of the CHO, said heart attack was the top cause of mortality with an average case of 202.23 last year, and 127.58 deaths in a five-year average from 2016 to 2020.

“This means that there are 28 deaths weekly because of heart attack,” Dilla said in a media briefing here.

Deaths related to Covid-19 ranked second on the data in 2021, with 172.53.

Hypertension or high blood strokes would rank third in 2021 with 132.3 average cases.

As to morbidity, or health cases that did not result in death, animal bites topped the category with 1,360 on average in 2021, or 362.82 on average from 2016 to 2020.

“The city had spent PHP7 million (in the previous year) for the purchase of anti-rabies vaccines, and were able to treat around 10,000 bites,” Dilla said.

She reminded the public to be more responsible owners as she observed that some laws and ordinances referring to the owner's accountability particularly on stray dogs were seldom observed.

Next to animal bites, hypertension came in second with 282 average cases in 2021, and 363 in the five-year average. (PNA)