Tuesday, 11 September 2018

24 People Die Of Snake Bites In Gombe State

According to the Snake Bite Treatment and Research Centre in Kaltungo, Gombe State, it has recorded 24 deaths out of the 1,829 cases of snake bites recorded between January and August.

Abubakar Ballah, the officer in charge of the centre, who made this known in an interview in Kaltungo on Monday, disclosed that the 24 deaths recorded were as a result of the lateness in reporting cases of the snake bite to the hospital, while many of the were patients admitted in critical conditions. In his words, he said;

“Today is September 10 and we have 84 patients in our records currently receiving treatment and probably more patients will come before the month ends.

“The cases are on the increase because of the downpour which dislodges snakes from their holes to seek higher ground because they do not like wet environment.

“They climb trees, maize or millet to keep away from water; that is the reason why people are severely bitten,’’ he said.

While further adding that apart from farmers, herdsmen who climb trees to cut leaves for their livestock are also at risk as well as those who go to the bush to fetch firewood. Ballah who also appealed to farmers to refrain from staying late in their farms, said snakes often come out in the evening to look for prey.

While lamenting that the attitude of treating victims at home with the use of herbs until the condition had deteriorated.

“We are calling on their relatives to stop giving snake bite victims herbs because some of the herbs cause the person to vomit, thereby making the condition to deteriorate.
“The only first aid you can give to a snake bite patient is paracetamol and then you rush to the hospital.

“We have drugs in sufficient quantity and enough backing by the state government.

“Even though some of the patients we receive come from the neighbouring states, they receive treatment free of charge like indigenes.’’ he added.

Credit: NAN

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