Simon Utebor, Yenagoa
The identity of the monkeypox victim, who committed suicide at an isolation centre of the Niger Delta University Teaching Hospital, Okolobiri, Bayelsa State, has been confirmed.
It was learnt that his name was Perekebina Biu, a father of three and hailed from Patani community in Delta State but resided in Agbere town in Sagbama Local Government Area of Bayelsa state.
Investigation revealed that the late Pere, reportedly took his own life by hanging himself with a rope in the hospital and not after drinking a certain substance as earlier claimed in some reports.
It was also learnt that until his death, Pere was the Treasurer of the Agbere Youths Association and was already recovering from the monkeypox disease he reportedly contracted in Yenagoa before his demise.
A community source, who did not want his name mentioned, said the late Pere was 30 years old.
He lamented the incident, saying the hospital management had questions to answer with regard to how the victim got a rope with which he committed suicide.
The suicide victim, according to sources, had no record of mental illness.
When contacted on the allegation raised by the community source concerning how Pere got a rope with which he killed himself, the Commissioner for Health, Prof. Ebitimitula Etebu, said the question was curious.
He said anybody who wished to commit suicide did not need to consult any person before carrying out such action.
Etebu stated, ”I want to tell you journalists that yes, you can speculate, you can ask question, the fact still remains that the man committed suicide.
”And anybody who wants to commit suicide does not need to consult any person. If he has any psychiatric decision and all that, it is just within him. If he has social, domestic problems or otherwise, it is just him and himself. The mind and the thought are his. If he wants to commit suicide, he will go and commit suicide no matter what you do unless you are there at the scene when he was commiting suicide.”