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Cameroon Ranked 5th on List of African Countries with High Suicide Rate
Category :- Health Author :- L J KINGAH 
Posted on September 14, 2020, 12:00 am
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A report on Suicide in the world from the World Health Organization shows that in the past four years, the rate of suicide committed in Cameroon has boomed.

According to the report, Cameroon ranks fifth with a total of 2867 suicide victims; 864 women and 2003 men.

Suicide in the World, Global Health Estimates

Coming following the commemoration of the World Suicide Prevention Day on September 10th under the theme “Working together to prevent suicide”, the report is titled “Suicide in the World, Global Health Estimates”.

Generally, the report shows the global tendency for people to commit suicide. “Suicide in the World, Global Health Estimates” was first published on September 9th, 2019 by the World Health Organization-WHO.

Suicide in the World, Global Health Estimates

The rate of suicide in Cameroon is estimated at 19.5 per 100,000 inhabitants. This there places it in the top ten countries in Africa with a high rate of suicide in the years 2000, 2016 and 2019, the report indicated.

Thus, the WHO has urged proper attention and care to people who may be presenting some signs of suicide.

Suicide in the World, Global Health Estimates

According to the global health organization, “People who talk about suicide may be reaching out for help or support. Many people contemplating suicide are experiencing depression or hopelessness and may feel that there is no other option.” This therefore is a call for care and attention to people with suicidal symptoms.

Most suicidal incidents come abruptly in times of financial difficulties, a break up, or a chronic pain, according to Dr. Eche John, specialist in mental health, suicide and mental problems.

However, a regular mental checkup especially when a person starts presenting early signs of mental disorder will mitigate the risks of suicide, he advised.

Suicide in the World, Global Health Estimates

Lesotho, Côte d’Ivoire, and Uganda are the three African countries with the highest suicide rate of 28.9, 23, and 20, respectively.

According to WHO, in 2016 suicide was the second cause of deaths, behind trauma caused by accidents in youth between 15 and 29 and can occur at any time in a person’s life.

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