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WHO laments over high rate of sucide cases worldwide

by Nwani Chisom
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The World Health Organisation (WHO) has highlighted that one in every 100 dies by sucide worldwide.

WHO, in its latest estimates, published Earlier Today revealed that every year, more people die as a result of suicide than HIV, malaria or breast cancer ̶ or war and homicide.

“In 2019, more than 700,000 people died by suicide: one in every 100 deaths, prompting WHO to produce new guidance to help countries improve suicide prevention and care.

“We cannot – and must not – ignore suicide,” said the Director-General of the World Health Organisation, adding that, “Each one is a tragedy.

“Our attention to suicide prevention is even more important now, after many months living with the COVID-19 pandemic, with many of the risk factors for suicide ̶ job loss, financial stress and social isolation – still very much present.

“The new guidance that WHO is releasing today provides a clear path for stepping up suicide prevention efforts,” he said.

Further analysis into the report revealed that among young people aged 15-29, suicide was the fourth leading cause of death.

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