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Snakebite cases up in flood-hit areas

Himalayan News Service

Rajbiraj, July 15

Snakebite cases have gone up in flood-hit areas of Saptari district.

As many as 44 snakebite patients were treated at Rajbiraj-based Gajendra Narayan Singh Hospital in the last five days. Three persons were injured due to snake bite in flood-hit areas today. This has unleashed terror among flood victims.

Ram Kishun Sada, 50, of Tilathi Koiladi Rural Municipality, Kritan Mandal, 62, of Hanumannagar Kankalini Municipality and Ram Kumar Yadav, 36, of Rajbiraj Municipality-12 were bitten by snakes today.

The relatives of the victim said snakes that were washed away by floodwaters had bitten them. All three snakebite patients have been admitted to Rajbiraj-based Gajendra Narayan Singh Hospital for treatment. “Soaring temperatures and snakes coming above ground due to flooding have increased snakebite cases,” said AHW Mahanarayan Yadav at the hospital.

Snakebite cases were reported mostly from flood-hit places, including Tilathi Koiladi Rural Municipality, Hanumannagar Kankalini and Rajbiraj municipalities.

Health workers said snakebite cases had increased at snakebite treatment centres and private clinics as well.


A version of this article appears in print on July 16, 2019 of The Himalayan Times.

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