Attempted suicides concerning

Concerns have been raised by Manus police yet again on the number of refugees attempting suicide in the province.

There have been reported cases of attempted suicide and self-harming by refugees in Manus over the past years due to mental depression.

Last month alone saw four cases of attempted suicide among refugees housed at the East Lorengau Transit Centre in Manus.

Provincial Police Commander, Chief Inspector David Yapu, is raising concerns on the incidents.

He said between 25th May and 31st May, three refugees attempted suicide while one tried to set his accommodation on fire.

Two of the refugees tried to hang themselves while one attempted to pour petrol and set himself on fire.

PPC Yapu said the incidents were prevented by Police Mobile Squad members and Paladin security with PNG Immigration officers on ground.

The refugees were taken to PIH Clinic or Lorengau General Hospital. Police are now strategizing their operational plans on how best to deal with such situations with the assistance of stakeholders.

PPC Yapu went on to say that police have done their best to attend to attempted suicide situations involving refugees, and with the issue beyond police control, there has to be some intervention from authorities in Government.

Sally Pokiton