Hospi­tal to tackle snake bite com­ing in Gombe

Daily Trust - - NEWS - From Adamu Saleh, Gombe

The Gombe State govern­ment has awarded con­tract for the con­struc­tion of a 200-bed ca­pac­ity hospi­tal at the cost of N500 mil­lion.

It was gath­ered that the hospi­tal would pro­vide com­pre­hen­sive treat­ment for snake bite vic­tims.

Speak­ing dur­ing the foun­da­tion lay­ing cer­e­mony of the hospi­tal in Kal­tungo area of the state, Dankwambo said the hospi­tal will also pro­mote re­search in the treat­ment and man­age­ment of snake bite vic­tims across the coun­try.

He said Kal­tungo, which is sit­u­ated in the rocky high­lands of the Benue val­ley, records one of the high­est cases of snake bite in the North-east sub-re­gion.

Our cor­re­spon­dent re­ports that the Kal­tungo Gen­eral Hospi­tal was des­ig­nated as one of the na­tional snake bite re­search and treat­ment cen­tres by the Federal Min­istry of Health in 1988 and since then, the hospi­tal has con­tin­ued to of­fer treat­ment to vic­tims within and out­side the re­gion.

He added that the state govern­ment has been col­lab­o­rat­ing with the federal min­istry of health to en­sure the avail­abil­ity of po­tent anti-snake venom to en­sure the treat­ment of snake bite vic­tims.

“It is in this re­gards that I gave an ap­proval for the manda­tory quar­terly re­lease of N8mil­lion for the pur­chase of anti-snake venom. From 2011 to date, the state has spent N89.83mil­lion on the pro­vi­sion of anti-snake venom to the cen­tre,” he said.

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