University student dies after jumping from seventh-floor building


A student at Chuka University, on Sunday evening, June 27, died after she jumped from the seventh floor of the institution’s building.

The said building is said to be the University’s Science Complex in Tharaka Nithi County.

The campus girl was reported to have committed suicide after an altercation with an alleged boyfriend.

According to eyewitnesses, the lady who was allegedly pregnant accused the schoolmate of infidelity.

Emergency service providers who were called to the scene took her to a nearby hospital after administering first aid.

She was, however, reported dead on arrival. The institution and police were to release a statement on the matter at the time of publication.

Nonetheless, the officers commenced investigations with the eyewitnesses summoned to record statements.

Earlier this month, the Ministry of Health raised the alarm over the increasing number of suicide cases.

While launching the Kenya Mental Health Action Plan(2021-2025), Health CAS Mercy Mwangangi said that mental health remains an important pillar in the country’s health system as well as social-economic development.

The CAS called for concerted efforts to boost mental health care systems through dedication, investment and planning for resources, oversight, coordination oversight, advocacy, and awareness creation.

“Public and private partnership will be an important ingredient in the effective implementation of this action plan. I call upon county governments, private sector, NGOs, faith-based organizations and community groups to invest and commit in mental health to help actualize the objectives of this mental health plan,” Mercy urged.

She asked the depression victims to seek counselling by visiting professionals and registered counsellors and therapists.

They can also reach out to the Ministry of Health via hotline numbers 1199 and 0721-336017.

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