Snakes in­vade Plateau com­mu­ni­ties, bite 50 farm­ers

Daily Trust - - NEWS - From Hir Joseph, Jos

In the past two weeks, more than 50 farm­ers in com­mu­ni­ties in Kanke and Kanam Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment Ar­eas of Plateau State, have been bit­ten by snakes, law­maker rep­re­sent­ing the area said.

Ti­mothy Golu, rep­re­sent­ing Pankshin/Kanke/Kanam in the House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives, told news­men af­ter his visit to the com­mu­ni­ties that out of the over 50 per­sons bit­ten, no fewer than 10 per­sons have died while oth­ers are in crit­i­cal con­di­tion in var­i­ous hos­pi­tals and tra­di­tional heal­ing cen­tres.

He said vic­tims are cur­rently re­ceiv­ing treat­ment at the Univer­sity of Jos Teach­ing Hos­pi­tal (JUTH) Com­pre­hen­sive Health Cen­tre at Zamko, in Lang­tang, 20 in tra­di­tional heal­ers’ homes, seven in

13 herbal­ists’ cen­tres, while some visit the cen­tres for daily treat­ment ow­ing to lack of bed space.

“Some have been treated and dis­charged, but a woman from my vil­lage, who was treated and dis­charged, still has pus gush­ing from the cut and we have ad­vised her to re­turn to the hos­pi­tal”, she said.

The law­maker de­scribed the sit­u­a­tion as scary and pa­thetic, adding that snakes are sited at all corners of homes, some­times in pairs. He said the snakes were washed into the com­mu­ni­ties by flood.

“As the flood pushed them from the over flown trib­u­taries of Rivers Benue and Niger, some snakes climbed trees, oth­ers en­tered holes while some just held unto any avail­able straw and all of them later moved into houses and farms,” he said.

Photo: Onyekachukwu Obi

A snake charmer gives wa­ter to a snake in Utako, Abuja yesterday.

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