The Chronicle reports that the number of suicide cases has increased by a whopping 42% in the first quarter of 2019 compared to the same period last year. Quoting Assistant Commissioner Paul Nyathi the publication wrote:
Between January and March in 2018, a total of 94 people are recorded to have committed suicide. Of that figure, 74 people took their lives by hanging, while 20 ended their lives by poisoning with substances such as pesticides and overdosing medication. In 2019, the figures of people who committed suicide ballooned to 129, with 87 people ending their existence on earth by hanging, while 42 people committed suicide by poisoning with drugs and other poisonous substances
Ass Comm Nyathi also said, even railway suicide cases are on the increase though he didn’t have the exact figures. He was quoted by the Chronicle saying:
These cases of people ending their lives are an indication that we have a lot of troubled souls in our communities. We implore members of the public to seek help when facing challenges in life. There are churches, relatives, victim friendly unit in the police service available at police stations nationwide
WHO has ranked Zimbabwe on number 19 in the world in terms of death by suicide.
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Paul Nyathi is a Zimbabwean police officer who is the national spokesperson for the Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP). He holds the rank of Chief Superintendent and is the Staff Officer for Press and Public Relations where he deputizes Senior Assistant Commissioner (SAC) Charity Charamba. Read More About Paul Nyathi