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Snakebite cases up in flood-affected areas

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Rajbiraj, July 11

Snakebite cases have gone up in flood affected areas of Saptari of late.

According to senior assistant health worker Jayakrishna Gurmaita at the Rajbiraj-based Gajendra Narayan Singh Sagarmatha Zonal Hospital, 45 snakebite cases have been reported in the past two weeks.

“Everyday two to six persons visit the hospital for snakebite treatment,” he said, adding most cases were reported from flood-hit areas, including Bhediya, Sakarpura, Rampura Malahaniya, Mainakaderi, Maleth and Kataiya.

Today itself, three persons were admitted to the hospital for treatment of snakebite. The admitted patients are 40-year-old Umdadevi Yadav of Kataiya, seven-year-old Chandani Yadav of Rajbiraj, and three-year-old Draupadi Mandal of Prasawani.

Senior Assistant Health Worker Gurmaita lamented the lack of beds in the hospital for treatment of the increased flow of snakebite patients. “As everyday snakebite cases are coming to the hospital, we’re bound to treat many of them on the floor given the lack of beds,” he said, adding the hospital has enough anti-snake venom to meet the demand.

A version of this article appears in print on July 12, 2017 of The Himalayan Times.

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