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Snakebite cases up in flood-hit areas across Nepal

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KATHMANDU: Number of snakebite cases has gone up in the flood affected areas. The flood victims are more anxious after three people were bitten by the snake in Saptari in a day.
Ramkisun Sada, 50, of Tiladhi Koiladi Rural Municipality, Kritan Mandal, 62, of Kankalini Municipality and Ram Kumar Yadav, 36, of Rajbiraj Municipality in the district were bitten by the poisonous snakes.
Three of the injured were admitted to the Gajendra Naranyan Singh Hospital for the treatment.
According to health assistant Mahanarayan Yadav, the number of snakebites cases have increased after the floods.
As per the hospital data, around 44 snakebite patients have visited the hospital in the last five days, around four to seven patients a day.
Likewise, the Sarlahi-based hospitals have also witnessed an increase in the number of snakebites patients after the recent downpour. Three hospitals in the district are providing treatment to snakebite patients.
The Nawalpur-based Snakebite Treatment Center in the northern part of the district said it was receiving five to six snakebite victims on daily basis.
With the start of the rainfall, snakebite patients have drastically increased, according to the Center’s In-charge Madhav Prasad Thapaliya.
He said that poisonous snakes have come out in the open due to the heavy rains, so people have to be very careful while walking outside of home during this time.
Majority of the patients who have come seemed to have been beaten at night when they did not use enough light, he added.
Barthawa Primary Health Center in Barthawa and the District Hospital Malangawa in Sarlahi are also providing snakebite treatment. Five people have already been killed in Sarlahi due to snakebite this monsoon.
Doctors have advised to exercise caution during rainy season, as snakes come out to the open areas looking for drier surface.
Meanwhile, snakebite incidents have also increased in Baitadi district. Due to the lack of anti-snake venom, the snakebite patients have been compelled to travel to State capital in Dhangadhi for treatment.
On Saturday, chairman of Baitadi’s District Coordination
Committee (DCC) Siddha Raj Bhatta had to rush his wife Rajudevi Bhatta to Dhangadhi for treatment after she was beaten by a snake and due to lack of anti-snake venom in the district. She is currently undergoing treatment at the Seti Zonal Hospital in Dhangadhi.
According to Chief of the District Hospital Dr. Jagadish Chandra Bista, seven snakebite patients travelled out of the district in the past two months due to lack of anti-snake venom in the district.
“We do not have anti-snake venom, nor trained physician to administer the injection. There is again no ICU or ventilator at the district hospital,” said Dr Bista. “It will be riskier even if the injection administered here, so it is not possible to provide snakebite treatment in this hospital”, said Dr. Bista, adding that they had thus been advising patients to seek treatment outside.
Baitadi has one district hospital, two primary health centers and 64 health posts, but none of these health facilities have anti-snake venom and trained physician to inject the venom. As a result, snakebite patients of the district have to travel to Dhangadhi to receive treatment.
The locals have complained of inconvenience of having to travel to Dhangadhi for treatment.

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