Man, 52 Commits Suicide Over Divorce

A father of four, Kwame Kumi has allegedly committed suicide at Akyem Achiase in the Akim – Swedru District of the Eastern Region.

According to reports available to DGN Online, the deceased took his life after his wife reportedly divorced him for losing his job due to severe waste pains.

A brother-in-law of the late Kumi Stephen Kwaku Agya Ofori who confirmed the incident said, the deceased was staying with him for a while to seek medical care after his wife divorced him.

According to him, he woke up about 15 minutes to midnight only to find out that the man had disappeared from the room.

He said he searched the immediate environment but to no avail until the next morning when some children hinted that they have seen a man standing in an uncompleted building.

He said when the family proceeded to the scene, they found the deceased hanging.

The police were informed and the body was taken to the hospital for preservation.

The deceased left behind four children-two males and two females.

The 24-year elder son, Raphael Kumi was shocked that the father committed such an act since he did not show any signs of depressions and intention to take his own life.

Meanwhile, a total of sixty (60) suicide cases were recorded as of June this year in the Eastern region

The Eastern Region comes second to Ashanti Region which despite its higher population recorded 61 cases.

According to the Mental Health Unit of the Ghana Health Service (GHS) statistics reveal 417 suicide-related deaths have been recorded across the country.

“First half of the year 2021 has witnessed higher records of attempted suicide cases across the country with a total of 417 recorded deaths”.

Faustina Nuako a mental health Coordinator said the Upper East region was third with 47 cases followed by Greater Accra – 37, Central region – 37, Volta region – 35, Oti region – 22, Bono East – 21, Western North – 17, Upper West – 17, North East – 16, Western region – 14, Ahafo region – 11, Bono region – 16, Northern region – 4 and Savannah – 3.

BY Daniel Bampoe