Plateau receives 300 anti-snake venom
The Comprehensive Health Centre at Zamko village in Langtang North Local Government Area of Plateau State has received about 300 vials of anti-snake venom (ASV).
The health centre was established by the Jos University Teaching Hospital (JUTH) with the responsibility of treating snakebite patients. About 250 Nigerians died in the past one month as a result of snakebites and due to the lack of antisnake venom.
The Chief Medical Superintendent of the centre, Dr Titus Dajel, told Daily Trust in Jos yesterday that the ASV vials arrived Nigeria at the weekend and the centre had received about 300 vials of EchiTab G for treatment of bites from carpet vipers and EchiTab Plus for venom from the carpet vipers.
He added that the centre got the ASV vials from EchiTab Study Group, a Nigerian representative of two foreign companies manufacturing the drug.
“We have received 300 vials and as I am speaking, we have admitted two patients as a result of snakebites. The crisis of snakebites is over,” he said.