250 people die of snake bite within three weeks in Gombe, Plateau

250 people die of snake bite within three weeks in Gombe, Plateau

More than 250 persons have died of snake bite in the past three weeks in Plateau and Gombe states.

The deaths are blamed on the acute shortage of appropriate snake anti-venom drugs, which was last supplied to the country in August this year.

The deaths, according to reports are recorded from snake bite treatment centres at Kaltungo General hospital, Aliyu Mega Pharmacy, Gombe and Comprehensive Medical Centre, Zanko in Plateau State.

Apart from the victims of the snake bite who died, there are several others in critical condition at the treatment centres.

Managing Director of Aliyu Mega Pharmacy, Abubakar Aliyu, said more than 70 died at the treatment centres in the last three weeks due to the lack of appropriate drugs to treat them.

“An average of six deaths is recorded daily. If you go to the snake treatment centre at the Kaltungo General Hospital, you will pity the victims; the lucky ones among them get supportive treatment, while many are left to fate since the drugs are not available.

“Between August and October, we received 750 victims. We were given 700 vials of the anti-venom on August 31, but we exhausted them before October. Many people are just dying. It is a major crisis,” he stated.


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