According to the writer his concept it to clear the perception on the youth that they have have grown and on their own and to make corrections to the brain behind some parents that their wards are grown and can be on their own as soon as they are enrolled in Tertiary, so the don’t call to check and motivate them. From the producer’s point of view the series is going contain students of the college and some other senior characters that are already into the movie industry like Bill Asamoah, Elle. White and many others.
The poor perception of Africans on ‘they are grown and can be on their own’ as soon as young adults complete secondary cycle education or are enrolled in the tertiary, leave young adults widely exposed to countless of influences. Without support, encouragement, attention, motivations, love, advices, counselling and many others that young adults still need from their parents/guardians compels them to harbour a lot of unfitting behaviours on campus with their respective consequences.
Numerous of influences from our neighbouring countries Benin, Togo, Nigeria to mention a few has been ushered into our country which targets on taming and misdirect the youth. Super glue, petrol, liquid pen (correction fluid), aerosol sprays and a few others stated to be the characterized influences which has lately threaded on marijuana, cocaine, wee, snuff, tramadol etc. which of late is unaffordable as perceived by the youth. It borders many people’s mind what inhalant is termed; Inhalants/solvents are common household, industrial and medical products that produce vapours, which people inhale (breathe in) to become intoxicated or high.1
To be more detailed in inhalant abuse;
Solvents – household or industrial, such as paint thinners and different types of glues.
Art or office supply solvents – correction fluids, felt-tip fluid Gases – used in many products, including lighters or refrigeration gases Aerosol propellants – spray paints, hair or deodorant sprays Medical anaesthetic gases – ether chloroform and laughing gas Amyl nitrate – poppers.
Toulene – found in spray paint, glue, nail polish – can cause hearing loss, spinal cord or brain damage and liver and kidney failure.
Trichloroethylene – found in correction and cleaning fluids – can cause hearing loss and liver and kidney failure.
It has also been reported that inhalant abuse correlates with poverty, hunger, low educational levels, ignorance, curiosity, boredom, amongst others. Since African countries are meted with the stated cause, abundant of the practice is being observed of which Kenya, South Africa,Nigeria and Ghana, Burkina Faso, La Cote d’Ivoire, Togo are statistically high to low practiced countries respectively.
A lot of African countries because of poverty, a greater percentage of sound people being homeless lives on the street. With this, their day to day source of food remains a question. Nothing is done without a reason exclaimed by Nairobi, Kenya street child; Shaban, ‘there are some things you cannot do when you are sober, like eating garbage, you need to sniff glue so that you can have the courage to eat garbage and do other works in the streets’. Plunging to tertiary institutions, without ultimate support from parents/guardians, individual students are coffined in the pain of hunger, in the attempt to quench the pain, they adopt these substances to make them a dead-living being.
Inhalant abuse appears to be a common problem in adolescents and young adults in Pretoria, South Africa. This does not appear to be sufficiently addressed issue in school awareness programmes targeting drugs, as it is often seen as a “kid’s and young adult’s drug” or not specifically dangerous when compared with illicit drug abuse. More importantly, the grave dangers of inhalant abuse, in particular benzine sniffing or huffing, should be brought under the attention of school programmes as showcased in this series targeting the prevention of drug abuse. Ideally, experts proclaim the extension of educative programmes in this nature should reach primary school children and all ages, since experimentation with inhalants appears to start very early in adolescence.
Also, Suicide cases are rampant in tertiary cycle under the canopy of Africa. Students being in tertiary institutions has no day to day care directly from their parents or guardians. Besides, African concept of ‘they are grown and can be on their own’ lines the path of suicide among young adults which needs an urgent attention.
In Ghana three incidents of suicide cases involving two female students at KNUST, and the University of Ghana as well as a male student at University of Development Studies(Wa) Campuses. A couple of years ago, a first-year Chemical Engineering student of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) was reported to have allegedly committed suicide (Joy News, Kumasi source stated), According to sources, Adwoa Agyarka Anyimadu-Antwi, 18 years, took her life at the early hours of Friday, February 24, 2017 at her hostel with a rope. Although it is unclear what drove her to take her life, unconfirmed reporters said she failed some course papers and has since not been able to cope with what she saw as a shame to herself, family and friends. On March 8 2017, students and authorities of the University of Ghana woke up to the horrific scene of a final year female student lying in a pool of blood after allegedly jumping to her death. Jennifer Nyarko, a final year Consumer Science student, allegedly jumped from the fourth floor of her Akuafo Hall Annex A, room 407 and was found by porters on Wednesday dawn with severe head injuries. Just recently, a final year student of University of Development Studies, Enock Akondor believed to be in his late 20s who was pursuing a BSC in Development Planning took his own life after it turned out that he had trailed a number of courses and as a result may not be able to graduate with his colleagues. Out of shame, he was said to have committed suicide at his hostel room on Saturday night, 26th January, 2019 only for his body to be discovered on Sunday morning, 27th January, 2019. Also, just recently, a final year student of the University for Development Studies (UDS), Wa Campus committed suicide at Wa, the Upper West Regional capital MyNewsGh.com confirmed saturday, 28th January 2019. Enoch Akondor believed to be in his late 20s who is pursuing a BSC in Development Planning took his own life after it turned out that he had trailed in a number of courses and as a result may not be able to graduate with his colleagues.
In Egypt, a report in 2016 entitled; the phenomenon of suicide in Egypt, published by the Egyptian coordination for Rights and Freedoms indicates that, there were 34 cases of suicide among Egyptian students out of a total of 157 in the period of January – August, 2015. Egyptian students top the list for the number of suicides, representing about 22% of suicides, or 1.9 student suicides per month.
In Algeria, a study shows that 20% of suicides in the country are committed by tertiary students. A lot of these happenings have been observed and the rate of this devastated action will hugely increase if appropriate actions are not taken.
In South Africa in the year 1990, the overall suicide rate was 17.2 per 100 000, which is slightly higher than in the WHO report. Initial estimates from the South African National Burden of Disease Study (2000) indicated suicide as the tenth of 20 leading causes of mortality. A study carried out by the author in South Africa, the Transkei area in 2003 showed that there is an increasing incidence of deaths as a result of hanging. Nearly two-thirds of these victims were teenagers and young adults.
According to World Health Organization (WHO) estimates, and based on current trends, by the year 2020 approximately 1.53 million people will die from suicide, and 10 to 20 times more people will attempt suicide worldwide. This represents an average of one death every twenty seconds and one attempt every one to two seconds. Between 1950 and 1995 there was an increase of 49% in male suicides and 33% in females. Suicide is a major cause of death in the young. Official suicide statistics, which have proven to be underestimates, nevertheless show that up to 20% of male and 28% of female deaths among adolescents in the industrialised world are caused by suicide. In the adolescents, suicide ranks among the first three causes of death.
Suicidal ideations and plans to commit suicide are highest among youth and young adults exhibiting Poor school performance, lack/inadequate parental support, no parental counselling, Family reject and many others which may predispose children to hopelessness and depression, which are recognized as the essential components of suicide among young adults.
The National Union of Ghana Students (NUGS) invited women’s rights advocates to partner in developing a solution to suicide among females in tertiary institutions. Office of the Women’s Commissioner of NUGS believes that increasing interactions with female students on their university campuses is very crucial to providing the needed help.
‘Students in the early years tend to feel overwhelmed and are in an increasing need of academic counselling and support. More focus should be placed on students who are residing in hostels and have little family support,’ Ahmed, Egypt said. Tertiary institutions should play a major role by screening and raising awareness of mental health and stigma -not only their students but for the public at large, ‘According to Dr. Ali H Mokdad, lead author of a study entitled ‘International injuries in the Eastern Mediterranean Region in Egypt, 1990-2015. According to his article, suicides among young adults in Tunisia, Egypt, Somalia, Libya, Sudan, Djibouti and Morocco in the Eastern Mediterranean are increasing much faster than any other region in the world.
In fact, I must say, all the victims in the stated cases are humans as we all are, the next victim we pray not can be you, your loved ones, friends suicidal tendency among teenagers and young adults is emerging as an important health issue in Africa that needs an urgent attention which is captured and addressed in ‘ON MY OWN’ series.