On 13/Sep/2019 / In Medical News
The Chief Medical Director of Lagos University Teaching Hospital, Idi-Araba, Prof Chris Bode, has called on families to return to the culture of building a relationship with their children.
Bode who was represented by the Chairman Medical Advisory Committee of the hospital, Prof Wasiu Adeyemo, made this call on Tuesday in Lagos at an event organised by the Suicide Research and Prevention Initiative to commemorate the 2019 World Suicide Prevention Day.
He said, “So many years back, parents used to be very close to their children. But nowadays, parents are too busy to check on their children. Many parents are far away from their children, even when they are at home with them. For suicide to be combated, we must go back to the old ways of children confiding in parents.
“We also have to recognise that you don’t treat children the same way. They are different individuals and you must discover who they are individually. If they have any problem, they should be able to confide in their parents. The society has a role to play and that is what SURPIN is doing at present.”
Bode added that suicide was not new to the society, but the advent of the Internet brought it to the limelight. Also, a Consultant Psychiatrist, Dr Kafayat Ogunsola, called on the Federal and state governments and well-meaning organisations to come to the aid of people prone to suicide.
She said, “We need a lot of partnership in health creation, skill acquisition and many more. Government at all levels can come to the aid of these people by creating social opportunities. So that when we eventually rehabilitate them, the problem that led them to suicide can be solved.”
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