NIGERIA has been ranked 15th in the world and first in Africa in suicide rate.
The ranking was attributed to the founder of a US-based organisation that raises awareness about the effects of traumatic events on people, Dr. Ani Kalayjian, who linked trauma to recent rise in suicides in Nigeria and some other countries.
Kalayjian was speaking at a seminar to train local health professionals on trauma management in Lagos yesterday.
“Yes, for the suicide rate as per World Health Organisation, Nigeria is at 15th in the world. In 2018, Africa Check investigated a similar claim that Nigeria had 15 suicides per 100,000 people every year. We found that the rate was rising even this year to something above 19.5 suicides per 100,000 people,” she said.
Kalayjian relied mainly on global mortality statistics from the WHO Global Health Observatory data repository, explaining that crude suicide rate is the number of suicide deaths in a year, divided by the population and multiplied by 100,000.
According to her, with Nigeria among countries that do not yet have high quality data, WHO used mortality rate models to determine this rate.