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A painful suicide in Narok

A 24 year of University student was on Saturday evening found hanging from a rope in their home compound in Enabelbel area in Narok North.

The body of the deceased, Elvis Soit Loloiba who was a third-year student at Moi University`s faculty of Science and Technology was found by the caretaker Alex Ngoilelo as their mother who is a serving police officer was away on duty.

Confirming the incident, Narok County Police Commander Mr. John Kizito Mutoro said initial investigations at the scene show the deceased could have taken rat poison before hanging himself as a used packet of the lethal stuff was found in the house.

The family and the community were this morning trying to come to terms with the sudden death of their loved whose young promising life has been nipped in the bud.

The body of the deceased has been moved to Narok Referral Hospital mortuary pending postmortem and further investigation into the incident as the family prepares for the burial.

Statistics

According to reports; nearly 20 university students across the country committed suicide in the country between 2014 and 2018. Sadly, the trend seems to have hit a new high especially with hard economic times and advent of Coronavirus pandemic.

A report titled; Effects of Covid-19 on mental health and compiled by a multi-agency on coronavirus response reveals that since March this year, more than 1.9 million Kenyans have suffered mental stress occasioned by the adverse effects of Covid-19, including job losses and deaths.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), about 800,000 people die from suicide each year (that is one person every 40 seconds), majority of them aged 15-29.

Cnyakundi.com urges young people to seek professional help when depressed.


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