Suicide cases are on the rise in the country and many of the victims are police officers. A growing number of officers are unable to cope with work-related stress or problems in their personal lives.
Police in Nakuru are investigating an incident where a police officer manning a tallying centre attempted to commit suicide.
The incident took place in Naivasha Sub-County.
Reports show that the officer, Corporal George Morara, was in the company of his colleagues as they were waiting to be transported to Naivasha Sub-County tallying centre.
The officer left his colleagues at the administration office and headed towards a nearby room.
In a bizarre turn of event, Morara's colleagues heard a gunshot from the room he had gone to.
The officers rushed to the scene and found Morara lying motionless in a pool of blood. It is alleged that he shot himself on the chin where the bullet exited through the upper part of his chin.
The officer was rushed to hospital where he was admitted to the emergency ward. Reports indicate that the officer is recuperating.
Counseling services should be devolved to the police station as the basic level in order to bring mental health closer to the police officers on the ground. These officers have a higher likelihood of being exposed to traumatic situations.
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