New Era (Windhoek)

13 December 2012

Namibia: Patient Commits Suicide in Hospital

Rundu — A 37-year-old patient at the Rundu State Hospital allegedly committed suicide by hanging himself with a bandage in the hospital's bathroom in a section of the male ward.

NamPol's Deputy Commissioner Willie Bampton confirmed the incident that took place yesterday. Fredrick Sirongo's body was found hanging in the bathroom by fellow patients who went to the toilet, and then alerted two nurses on duty who notified the police.

He was a resident of the Sauyemwa location in Rundu. According to medical staff at the hospital, Sirongo was tied with the bandage because he sometimes became aggressive due to his mental condition. He was initially admitted as a TB patient, but his medical condition worsened making him manic.

Last year around this time, one of the patients, Chez Malonga, also committed suicide at the Rundu State Hospital. The 40-year-old Malonga was involved in an IT business in this part of the country. He used steel wire to hang himself.

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