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VI records abnormally high death rate last year

…spike seen in last four months
Mrs Stephanie Benn, Registrar General (RG) of the Civil Registry and Passport Office. Photo: sknvibes
Records confirm that the Virgin Islands (VI) last year experienced an abnormally high death rate across the territory—157 for the year. Photo: VINO/File
Records confirm that the Virgin Islands (VI) last year experienced an abnormally high death rate across the territory—157 for the year. Photo: VINO/File
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - Records confirm that the Virgin Islands (VI) last year experienced an abnormally high death rate across the Territory—157 for the year.

The damning revelation came recently as House of Assembly’s Standing Finance Committee, examined the draft estimates for 2018 for government agencies with, Mrs Stephanie Benn, Registrar General (RG) of the Civil Registry and Passport Office.

Minister for Health and Social Development, Honourable, Ronnie W. Skelton (AL), was at the time enquiring about the death rate for the territory last year and was told of the abnormality.

4 Year Study

Mrs Benn informed the Committee that the average annual death rate recorded in the territory for the past four years was 135, but this spiked to 157 in 2017—an abnormally high rate.

Explaining the 2017 death rate as an abnormal, Mrs Benn said the highest peak for deaths transpiring in the Territory was experienced during September and December—the last four months of the year.

The Committee heard, while 152 deaths had been recorded one year in the past, the 2017 figure is in fact abnormal.

The data was compiled as part of a four year study.

Births

Meanwhile, on the matter of the Territory’s birth rate, Mrs Benn disclosed that there were a total of 247 births in 2017.

The Registrar General told the Committee members the office’s record date back to 1857.

On the matter of the number of marriages recorded in the territory, Mrs Benn was unable to provide those numbers.

Other persons present for the committee hearing from the Deputy Governor's office included, Ms Carolyn Stoutt-Igwe Acting Permanent Secretary, Deputy Governor's Office, Mr Paul Chapman,  Accounts Officer II, Civil Registry and Passport Office, and Mrs Kara Penn-Stoutt, Finance and Planning Officer, Deputy Governor’s Office.

 

9 Responses to “VI records abnormally high death rate last year”

  • Xxx (07/06/2018, 14:23) Like (4) Dislike (12) Reply
    dead must come
  • A man (07/06/2018, 15:59) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
    Interesting, although I think some detail has been lost. It refers to a range of between 135 and 157 and then refers to the average over the past four years as being 135. Does that mean that there were 135 in each of the previous four years (as if that is the bottom of the range and the median, they must all have been identical).

    Anecdotal evidence would have made me think that the rate would have been even higher post Irma, although I suspect some of the Irma related deaths will have been technically in 2018 but still as an indirect result (stress, etc).

    Finally, there was a record murder rate in 2017 which would have contributed a few to the increase in the average. Then a few people died during Irma itself. If you factor those two things in then it seems the increase during 2017 itself as a result of Irma would not have rendered the numbers statistically abnormal at all.
  • Papus (07/06/2018, 16:40) Like (4) Dislike (1) Reply
    we will be soon extinct at that rate. Amongst which group recorded the most birth rate? We must preserves this category from extinction some how.
  • stress (07/06/2018, 17:35) Like (7) Dislike (2) Reply
    in this place is killing we prematurely, and NDP pressing us down even more.
  • Irma (07/06/2018, 18:27) Like (8) Dislike (0) Reply
    The Irma baby boom will compensate for the loss.
  • The TRUTH (07/06/2018, 19:52) Like (7) Dislike (3) Reply
    Stress in BVI is really a serious problem. It is compounded by the brainwash that the people seem to cherish.
    I honestly do not see any meaningful changes taking place without a change in the mindset of the people. This whole situation is beginning to get very serious right now and it makes me wonder how many more lives must needlessly be lost because of the frustration of the people who are living under this demonic illusion.
  • Tyrone (08/06/2018, 03:58) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    There was also a higher than normal number of deaths during the last quarter of 2017 in the UK I read so there may be broader demographic reasons than the obvious ones specific to the BVI.
    • Rhino (08/06/2018, 12:10) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
      Puerto Rico recorded nearly 5,000 deaths as a direct or indirect result of the Hurricanes. Death is everywhere more than ever.


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