George Boateng, a 10-year-old boy has committed suicide at Atonsu S-line, a suburb of Kumasi in the Ashanti region of Ghana.
According to reports, the boy committed suicide by hanging himself on a ceiling fan with a nylon ribbon.
Information from the Asokwa Police indicates the elder brother of the deceased, Yaw Akuoku Sarpong, 33, disclosed the incident to the police.
When cops from the Homicide Unit went to the crime scene, they found a kitchen stool and a ladder at the scene of the incident.
Meanwhile, the body of the deceased has been deposited at the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital morgue for autopsy and further investigation.
Suicide cases have gone up in the country in recent times especially among youngsters, making it one of the leading causes of death worldwide.
According to World Health Organisation (WHO), more than 700,000 people died by suicide in 2019.”
According to the report in 2019, more than one in every 100 deaths was caused by suicide, prompting WHO to produce new guidance to help countries improve suicide prevention and care.
“Each one is a tragedy. Our attention to suicide prevention is even more important now, after many months living with the COVID-19 pandemic, with many of the risk factors for suicide – job loss, financial stress and social isolation – still very much present,” said Director-General, WHO, Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.