Chima Azubuike, Gombe

The Principal Medical Officer, Snake Bite Hospital, Kaltungo, Gombe State, Dr Anthony Mohammed, has warned victims of snake bite to desist from traditional means of treating the bite.

Mohammed, in an interview with our correspondent On Wednesday, said traditional medication was no longer effective in the treatment of snake bites.

He said, “Patients who patronise traditional medicine still come back to get treatment in our hospital, most of the time with more severe cases, full of incisions. An incident that requires anti-venom injection and analgesic, is not supposed to be left until it deteriorates to the extent of resulting in gangrene (decay), which may lead to amputation in other to save the patient.

“The best deal is to come to the hospital, take the anti-snake venom and within a short time the patient gets better and discharged. We advocate that herdsmen and farmers should constantly wear a boot to protect them from snake bite, as well as to use specially treated nets.”

Mohammed also said that snake bite was treatable without causing deformity to the patients when he/she presents early for treatment.

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