The average age of Pakistani nationals decreased from 65.4 to 65 years according to PBS’s Pakistan Demographic Survey (PDS) 2020, primarily as a result of an increase in cardiac arrest incidents.
In addition to heart disease, which causes 14.74 percent of all fatalities annually, additional causes of mortality include fever (9.28 percent), stroke (6.45 percent), diabetes (5.63 percent), cancer (5.50 percent), asthma (3.85 percent), and other respiratory illnesses (3.64 percent). Hepatitis is also one of the main killers in Pakistan.
According to the report, total infant mortality decreased from 62 per 1,000 in 2017 to 56 per 1,000 in 2020. It was 59 per 1,000 in rural areas against 50 per 1,000 in urban areas.
On a separate development, Pakistan dropped seven spots in the Human Development Index (HDI) during 2021 and is now ranked 161 out of 191 nations worldwide.
Pakistan ranks among the lowest 30 countries in the world for low human development, with an HDI value of only 0.544, according to the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) study.