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Committee formed to probe causes of suicides in Chitral


PESHAWAR: The KP health department has decided to carry out a probe into reasons and circumstances that have led to the rising number of suicide incidents among young people in Chitral.

The health department took the decision after 45 cases of suicide were reported in Chitral this year alone, with the latest one being a 22-year-old girl killing herself in Faizabad, Chitral, on Aug 27.

Most of those who ended their lives were youth. Within the last a few weeks, over 10 boys and girls reportedly committed suicide after failing to obtain good marks in their intermediate exam.

Reports also indicated that some of the deceased had a history or at least symptoms of clinical depression.

A notification issued by the director general (DG) health KP stated that following several suicide cases in the district of Chitral a committee is being constituted to conduct an investigation.

“The committee will find out the main factors involved and recommend psychotherapy of others with a tendency of a suicide attempt and submit a report as soon as possible.”

The committee will be headed by Dr Azmatullah, director admin DG health office Peshawar (chairman), and consist of the district health officer Chitral and two deputy directors psycho-social programme at the DG health office as its members.

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