More males have died in Lagos State, as compared to females, between January to June, data from the National Population Commission has shown.
According to the NPC, the most deaths were recorded in the Surulere area of the state, with a total of 480 deaths (303 males and 177 females) within the last six months.
The commission did not disclose any indicators of cause of death, as the document captured only the genders of the deceased.
Also, within the six months recorded, there was no documentation of mortality for the month of April.
The Commission also records that Lagos Mainland and Alimosho local government areas have the two next highest mortality figures, with 133 deaths each.
From the data, other areas of the state with high mortality rates are: Ajeromi (123; 77 males and 46 females;) Ojo (118; 80 males and 38 females); Ikorodu (118; 76 males and 42 females) Agege (114; 72 males and 42 females)
Others include Oshodi (89; 52 males and 38 females, Mushin (82; 56 males and 26 females), Kosofe (66; 45 males and 21 females), Lagos Island (54; 31 males and 23 females), Ikeja LG (93; 60 males and 33 females) and Eti Osa LG (93; 53 males and 40 females)
The rest are Amuwo Odofin (49; 31 males and 18 females) Badagry (42; 29 males and 13 females) Ifako Ijaiye (9; 7 males and 2 females) and Apapa (6; 4 males and 2 females).
Compared with the 2019 figures, Surulere also held the highest mortality figures for the state, last year, with a total of 515 deaths (319 males and q56 females).
‘Why are more men dying?’
A Consultant Pathologist at the Lagos University Teaching Hospital, in a recent interview with The Punch Newspaper, Dr. Francis Faduyile, opined that men die earlier than women because they engage in riskier and stressful jobs than women.
According to him, “Men have more social vices than females and these are risky behaviours that predispose those who are involved to die prematurely.
“We must also know that men, generally, have more severe diseases, compared to women. For instance, women tend to tolerate hypertension more than men.”