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Scarcity Of Anti-snake Venom Hits Research Centre In Gombe

Posted: May 26, 2015 at 4:40 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

The scarcity of anti-snake venom is affecting normal services at the Snake Bite Treatment and Research Centre in Kaltungo, Gombe State, an official has said.

Doctor in charge of centre, Dr Abubakar Bala, discloed this to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Gombe at the weekend.

Bala said the hospital has been experiencing scarcity of drugs to treat snake bites since March 26.

He attributed the problem to lack of timely release of funds to the centre by the Federal Government.

“Gombe State Government is just backing the Federal Government, they spent N48 million annually for the drugs.

“But the authority concerns were processing to get the stock as soon as possible.’’

He said each ample of the anti-snake venom costs between N20,000 and N25,000, depending on the retailer.

“And it is not everybody that can afford to buy; instead people go for native treatment, using herbs which is very dangerous.

“Most of the people that come, their cases are very bad.

“When they come we have to start looking for blood for transfusion because they already lost blood before coming to the hospital.

“Most of them come to the hospital as the last alternative, expecting us to perform miracle,” he said.

The doctor added: “People already know that the treatment is free of charge and 60 per cent of our patients come from the neighbouring states of Adamawa, Taraba, Bauchi and even Jigawa; only 40 per cent come from Gombe.”

The official said cases of snake bite is increasing following the hot season as people sleep outside and snakes normally prey in the night.

He appealed to the public to exercise patience as the state government was working assiduously to make the drugs available at the centre.