- According to World Health Organisation, poverty also increases the risk of injury and violence. About 90 per cent of injury-related deaths occur in low- and middle-income countries
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By Metedio Iceta
Moyo– Stress and psychological torture resulting from abject poverty and drug abuse is fueling the increasing cases of suicide on Moyo district, the authorities have said.
The district has for the past one month registered 10 cases of suicide among the locals. According to statistics obtained from North West Nile Police Public Relations Officer, Ingenious Dragudu, at least 10 suicide cases were registered in Moyo.
“Out of those cases, three occurred in one day on June 2, while seven were recorded from last month. These cases are mainly arising from land wrangles, domestic violence and drug abuse. People should be committed to take responsibilities at households even if they are poor,” he said.
The recent cases also involved a cultural leader, resident of Edua Village in Moyo town Council who was laid to rest in Pamojo village in Metu Sub County, Moyo district. Preliminary investigations by police indicates that the cultural leader took his life due to a misunderstanding.
“When our leaders can also engage in such acts then we are heading nowhere and this is high time that our people need to seek for counseling instead of taking away their lives. It cannot solve but create more problems in families.”
Isaac Eberu, the acting Community Development Officer Moyo Sub-county said on Wednesday that suicide cases are more rampant in the rural areas than urban centers and that youths are the main category.
“This kind of manner by our local community should stop and people need to share their problems with others who can help in solving problems. People should not conceal the problems that they face because even the Covid-19 has created a lot of stress for people,” Eberu said.
Mamawi James, a resident of Moyo town council, says domestic violence is the leading cause to rise of suicide cases due to economic hardships most families are going through. “Let the different stakeholders to tackle the issue of economic hardship. This time of Covid 19 and lockdown, some people sleep hungry and dependency is too high,” Mr Mamawi said.
The Paramount Chief of Madi Chiefdom, Stephen Drani, said suicide undermines the cultural and moral values in ensuring a healthy living in society. “Religious leaders should use their platforms to preach against misunderstandings that normally result into suicides. We are also going to do our part and we don’t expect our people to be into such nasty experience,” he said.