Snake bite cases go up

KATHMANDU: Cases of snake bite have increased at an alarming rate with the onset of Monsoon. In a country where 90 per cent people are exposed to agricultural activities, a large population is prone to snake bites, resulting in morbidity or death. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), 20,000 people are estimated to suffer snakebite in Nepal, of which 1000 die thanks to the poison or a lack of treatment.

Speaking at a two-day workshop on Snake Envenoming and Rabies organised by Nepal Health Research Council (NHRC), Dr Durga Dutta Joshi at National Zoolosis and Food Centre said the deliberation would help share knowledge, attitude and practice on the issue.