Loss of sin­gle per­son a great loss to the na­tion and fam­ily

Bhutan Times - - Front Page - Lhakpa Tsh­er­ing

M in­istry of Health ob­served the world sui­cide pre­ven­tion day on 10 Septem­ber at Youth De­vel­op­ment Fund hall, Thim­phu.

The world health or­ga­ni­za­tion es­ti­mates over 800,000 peo­ple die by sui­cide each year which is one per­son sui­cides every 40 sec­ond.

The sui­cide is caused in the aged be­tween15-29 glob­ally. World Health Or­ga­ni­za­tion rep­re­sen­ta­tive for Bhutan, Dr. Or­nella Lincetto said, “It is im­por­tant to note that every sui­cide is a pre­ventable strat­egy,” adding it is pre­ventable strat­egy not only for the dis­ease but also to those fam­ily mem­bers and loves one who left be­hind.

The Depart­ment of Pub­lic Health pledged the com­mit­ment to work to­wards pre­ven­tion of sui­cide in the coun­try. An of­fi­cial said, “Los­ing some­one is al­ways very painful but loos­ing some­one to sui­cide is even more painful for the fam­i­lies and friends,” adding they stand more uni­fied and more de­ter­mined to pre­vent fur­ther lost of lives to sui­cide.

The force of sui­cide has not spread in Bhutan. How­ever, the study on sui­cide cases of 2009 to 2013 shows the to­tal of 361in­di­vid­u­als com­mit­ted sui­cide in 5 years an av­er­age of 73 sui­cides in each year which is large for the coun­try.

87 per­cent of the sui­cide oc­curred within the aged group of 15-40 the most pro­duc­tive age group pop­u­la­tion where 88 per­cent has oc­curred in ru­ral ar­eas among mar­ried with 66 per­cent and those with less edu- cation. While, 58 per­cent of the sui­cide oc­curred to the peo­ple who earns low in­come less than Nu.3000 per month.

Health min­is­ter, Ly­onpo Tandin Wangchuk said, “Los­ing peo­ple in the eco­nomic pro­duc­tive age is a great loss to the na­tion.” He added, “The coun­try with the less pop­u­la­tion, the lost of even one per­son is a tragic loss for the fam­ily and coun­try.”

The govern­ment di­rected to con­duct the study on sui­cide cases in the coun­try and im­ple­mented the sui­cide pre­ven­tion pro­gramme un­der the min­istry of health.

In Bhutan, sui­cide ranks in top six lead­ing causes of death after the al­co­hol liver dis­eases.

Some of the ma­jor fac­tors which lead to sui­cides are the eco­nomic fac­tors, re­la­tion­ship prob­lems, do­mes­tic vi­o­lence, and emo­tional abuse. Be­sides, al­co­hol and drug abuse, men­tal ill­ness is also fac­tors that have been lead­ing to sui­cide.

The sui­cide in the Bud­dhist con­text is a more sin­ful and in fact great loss to the par­ents. Khenpo Kuen­zang, Tango Bud­dhist Univer­sity said it is hard to born in the hu­man realm and we should con­sider us as a lucky. “We are hav­ing more power than other realm to prac­tice re­li­gious.”

Themed, con­nect, com­mu­ni­cate and care clearly pro­vides the mes­sage on role of pre­ven­tion of sui­cide re­quires all sec­tors in­clud­ing the govern­ment agen­cies, non-govern­ment or­ga­ni­za­tion, pri­vate sec­tors, com­mu­ni­ties, politi­cian and pol­icy mak­ers and in­di­vid­u­als

“We need to con­nect them with var­i­ous or­ga­ni­za­tions that pro­vide the sup­port ser­vices,” Ly­onpo said, “We need to com­mu­ni­cate and talk with peo­ple who are ven­er­a­ble to sui­cide. We need to care about the sui­cide and make peo­ple to pre­vent sui­cide.”

“Be­fore car­ing about oth­ers we need to care our­selves, we need to pro­vide sup­port to those who are in need of our sup­port,” Ly­onpo said.

Mem­bers of par­lia­ment dis­tin­guish guest from UNDP, of­fi­cials from govern­ment and non-govern­men­tal or­ga­ni­za­tion and me­dia per­son­nel, prin­ci­pal and stu­dents from higher sec­ondary schools from Thim­phu, Stu­dents from Royal Thim­phu Col­lege and fac­ulty of Nurs­ing and pub­lic health has at­tended to ob­serve the day.

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