A 13-year-old girl has committed suicide at Efiekuma, a suburb of Takoradi in the Western region. The deceased, Salamatu Yakubu, is a primary six pupil at Allah Zaria Islamic School. She was found hanging in an uncompleted building this morning.
Aunt of the deceased, Fuseinatu Dauda told XYZ News the teenager showed no signs of depression or any suicidal tendencies.
“She was fine. She was the one who took care of sweeping the compound each morning but when they woke up today, she disappeared. My sister who is Salamatu’s mother thought she might have gone to ease herself so she decided to switch chores and have her do something else when she returned from the restroom” Fuseinatu Dauda said the incident came asa shock to everyone in the house.
“We never gave her cause to worry about anything in this house, we are all good in the house. We don’t bother her in any way. As at now, no one can tell why she killed herself”.
Salamatu did not leave behind a note before taking her life.
Meanwhile, Ghana’s chief Psychiatrist Dr. Akwasi Osei is urging the government to be bold and declare suicide a national disaster.
According to him, the trend of suicide cases in the country is becoming alarming and requires conscious national attention.
“It has become a common phenomenon for people to take their own lives due to depression and other factors. As a nation, we must declare suicide a national disaster” Dr. Akwasi Osei in an interview with XYZ News said the situation must be immediately addressed before it gets out of hand
“I am calling on the Media to help us make that declaration…The government must also take it up. When they do that, it will be imperative on all of us to find a solution.”
Dr. Osei’s comment comes in the wake of soaring suicide cases across the country. A recent report suggests 5 in every 10 Ghanaians commit suicide daily.