Cardiovascular disease is the biggest killer in the capital, according to the latest statistics released by the Department of Health – Abu Dhabi (HAAD).
Accounting for 37 percent of deaths in the emirate, cases of cardiovascular disease have risen in the capital, along with cases of lifestyle-related illnesses such as diabetes, according to the Abu Dhabi Healthcare Statistics 2016 report.
The annual report offers a summary on the population’s health in the emirate, from births and deaths to common diseases and future healthcare requirements.
According to the latest edition, cancer accounted for 12.3 percent of deaths in the emirate, with breast cancer being most prominent, followed by lung and pancreatic cancer.
HE Sheikh Abdulla bin Mohammad Al Hamed, chairman of HAAD, said: “Providing quality healthcare for the people in the emirate of Abu Dhabi continues to be a top priority on the Abu Dhabi Government agenda, and one of the strategic pillars in the country’s sustainability plans.
“The healthcare sector in the emirate of Abu Dhabi has witnessed a remarkable growth in quality and quantity over the past few years.”