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LUTH CMAC chairman expresses worry over alarming suicide rate in Nigeria

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Prof. Wasiu Adeyemi, Chairman, Medical Advisory Committee (CMAC), Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH), Idi-Araba, says increasing cases of suicide in Nigeria are worrisome.

Adeyemi spoke at the 2019 World Suicide Prevention Day in LUTH on Tuesday.

He said social media had increased the awareness level of suicide cases in the country, adding the worrisome phenomenon needed to be curtailed.

Adeyemi explained that part of the measures put in place to address the menace was the establishment of the Suicide Research and Prevention Initiative (SURPIN) by LUTH.

He listed the three important elements in social change to include agitation, innovation and orchestration.

Adeyemi said, “Agitation without innovation is useless, and that is not enough to be an agitator without being an innovator.”

The CMAC chairman said SURPIN was now at the orchestration stage, adding that LUTH would continue to give them support.

Adeyemi urged parents to learn to be friends of their children by spending quality time with them in order to know more about their feelings and emotions.

Also, Mrs Oluwaseun Ogundipe, President, UNILAG Women Society, said that suicide was a terrible clue.

According to Ogundipe, before anybody can commit suicide, there must be a terrible clue.

He said life might be challenging, but suicide was not the best option, adding that there was always a light at the end of the tunnel.

Ogundipe said, “If we are religious enough, speak to God, he will help us.

“If we are patient and do the right thing at the right time, there will always be solutions to our problems.
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Edited by Kevin Okunzuwa/Olagoke Olatoye

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