200 Snake Bite Victims Die Of Poison In Gombe Nigeria As Hospital Runs Out Of Anti-Snake Venom

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May 23, 2016 – 200 Snake Bite Victims Die Of Poison In Gombe State Nigeria As Hospital Runs Out Of Anti-Snake Venom 

The Snake Bite Treatment Centre in Kaltungo, Gombe State, has run out of anti-snake venom, its Medical Officer, Dr Abubakar Balla, has said.

Balla disclosed on Monday in Gombe that the centre has no single dose of the anti-snake venom at the moment.

He said that the situation has led to the death of many patients, who were unable to access treatment.

“In May alone, we have admitted 270 people bitten by snakes.
“The worst part of the story is that most of the patients that come to the hospital cannot afford N25,000 for one vile of anti-snake venom, and about 200 of them died because of snake poison,” he said.

He said that it was difficult to treat patients without the anti snake venom, adding that “the only remedy is continuous blood transfusion to dilute the poison and stop it from circulating, which is not easy and it needs money also.”

The official said that people in the area have developed phobia of going to their farms, as most cases of snake bites occurred on farmlands.

Balla said that although the Federal Ministry of Health had been alerted on the problem, officials there had informed the centre that there was no money to purchase the drugs for now.

“I am appealing to the authority concerned as a matter of urgency to supply the drugs because people are dying, ” he said.

Kaltungo Snake Bite Treatment Centre provides services to victims of snake bites from states in the North-East and Jigawa.

[Daily Post]

9 thoughts on “200 Snake Bite Victims Die Of Poison In Gombe Nigeria As Hospital Runs Out Of Anti-Snake Venom

  1. Losing 200 people to a snake bite when the govt is there is a laughing stock to onlookers. What is Buhari & his health minister doing, was this not part of their campaign promises, adquate drugs in hospitals. Can someone answer me on behalf of your govt & Buhari.

  2. Hmmmmm, 200 people died due to snake bite in Gombe State! What`s the state governor doing to reduce the death rate of snake bite in the state?

  3. Hmmmmmmn things like this that they are suppose attend to they wouldn’t. imagine 200 people dying it’s bad govt should look into dis not corruption alone.

  4. The authority should please help to provide the vaccine for snake bite so that we don’t lose much people.

  5. The authorities should please do something. So snake bites is another problem faced by the people of Gombe plus this present hardship in this nation! God please help your people

  6. D hospital is a health centre for snake bite victim and yet dey can provide d main drugs which is compulsorily need to main d main goal while d hospital is establish..
    i weep 4 dis country for the shameless act dat re constantly being carried out by d govt.

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