Category: Health

Suicide on the Rise in Venezuela as Desperation Grows

Suicide Is One Option Venezuelans Are Taking to Escape Severe Crisis

Before committing suicide, Ana Maria Perdomo sat down in her kitchen to write a letter to her family.

“Children…Don’t be upset, even though I know it is difficult, don’t be sad. It is too difficult and I don’t want to be a burden to anyone, I know I have Non Hodgkins Lymphoma and it’s better to end this now.”

Mother of Augusto, 45, and Angela, 32, and grandmother to three girls of 4, 9, and 17, Perdomo, 61, hung herself on February 18 to avoid having to suffer the disease in Venezuela, a country that could have never supported her medically.

Dispatches: Indonesia’s Doctors Say ‘No’ to Chemical Castration

The Indonesian Medical Association has announced that its membership won’t participate in the government’s plan to chemically castrate convicted child sex offenders due to concerns that the proposed punishment “violates the country’s medical ethics.”

Chemical castration is the use of hormones to lower men’s testosterone levels with the goal of inhibiting their sex drive.

But the professional body expressed doubt that the procedure could guarantee a reduction in sexual desire. Dr. Priyo Sidipratomo, chairman of Indonesia’s Honorary Council of Medical Ethics, warned last week that any doctors who assisted with chemical castration of child sex offenders risked expulsion from professional medical associations.