Suicides rock Essequibo Coast

Kaieteur News
January 8, 2007

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The sudden rise in suicide among teens on the Essequibo Coast is a source of concern for the residents and health workers.

Over the past month, four teenagers committed suicide.

It was reported during the festive season that two youths, 18 and 19 years old, from the Lower Pomeroon River committed suicide by ingesting a poisonous substance.

A 26-year-old teacher from Muroka hanged himself from a fruit tree on December 26, 2006, and a 60-year-old man of Jacklow, Pomeroon, died after he ingested a poisonous substance.

A father of two from New Road , Essequibo , was hospitalised for a few days after he attempted suicide.

At the beginning of the New Year, two youths from Moruka , North West District, drank poison and died.

Just last Saturday a housewife from Charity was hospitalised after she consumed a poisonous substance. She is now a patient at Charity Hospital .