The Philippines has one of the world’s highest rates of mobile phone deaths.
The Philippines currently has about 300 million mobile phones in use.
With the Philippines in the news for the first time, many Filipinos are questioning why the country has such a high death toll.
Is the Philippines having a problem?
The Philippines has the highest rate of deaths related to mobile phones, and is the world leader in mobile phone usage.
The International Telecommunication Union ranks the Philippines as the second most congested mobile phone country, and ranks it as one of five most dangerous.
According to the Philippines’ National Health Information System, there were more than 1.5 million mobile phone-related deaths in 2015.
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“The Philippines, along with Vietnam, has the world second highest rate,” said Dr. Yvonne B. Lopes, a professor of population health at the National University of Singapore.
“And it is because of this, that we have one of most mobile phone congested countries.”
Lopes noted that the country is also the number one place in the world for mobile phone misuse.
Lopes, who is also an epidemiologist at the Singapore-based WHO, said mobile phones can lead to increased risk for infections, premature death, and premature disability.
Lopes told Business Insider that the Philippines is not alone in this problem.
There are about 50 countries with the same rate of mobile deaths, including the Philippines, which has the second highest rates among them.
Despite its high mobile phone use, the Philippines still ranks second behind Vietnam.
Lines up against other countries with high mobile death rates include Bangladesh, Thailand, Laos, and Mozambique.
“We don’t have a country where the rates are higher than those in Vietnam,” Lopes said.
What causes a mobile phone death?
Infections are the primary cause of mobile death in the Philippines.
In 2016, there was a death due to a viral infection, which accounted for about 80% of all mobile phone related deaths, according to the National Health information System.
Most of these deaths occurred in urban areas, where people are less likely to have access to mobile phone coverage.
“It’s because the urban areas are less mobile and therefore, they are less able to get in touch with each other,” Losesi said.
“The people who are getting infected, those who are not able to make phone calls because they are in the hospital, are those who have been exposed to the virus in a public place, or are the ones who are at home, where they are exposed to more of the virus, and who are living close to where they were exposed to virus,” he added.
Losesi believes that the virus has spread to rural areas.
It is this same rural people who can become infected with the virus because of poor hygiene, poor nutrition, and poor sanitation.
For those people, the mobile phones may be an easy target.
Loesis said that when people are ill, the phones can become a source of infection.
People who are exposed through phone calls are more likely to infect other people, and the number of infected people in rural areas increases as the population grows.
So, why is mobile phone traffic high in the Philippine capital?
Losesis said mobile phone numbers in the city of Manila are about one million, which is about 15% of the population of the country.
Losesis believes this means that the mobile population in the country can be as high as 50 million people.
Mobile phones are a major way to get into a public space, and it is also a way to reach people who cannot get in contact with each one.
“Because of this lack of connectivity, and because of the high population density, it is difficult to get on the phone and to communicate with people,” he said.
“In a way, the phone numbers are like a public health hazard.”
Why is there such a big increase in mobile deaths?
Losesia thinks that the main reason for the high death rates in the capital is that mobile phones are very convenient for people who have no access to the internet.
“In the Philippines there are many people who use cell phones for everything from shopping to socializing to work,” he explained.
“If the mobile phone is not available, people who do not have access will just walk.
It’s the same with walking, running, or cycling.
They don’t use it because they have no other way to communicate.
It becomes their only option to get around.
The problem is that when you don’t get on a phone, the people who need to use it, and they cannot get on, are the people in the streets.”
Loesia says that people who walk and bike, are more susceptible to infection.
Is there a solution?
Loeses says that there are several ways to tackle the problem of mobile