…says anti-snake venom in stock
The Ogun State Government has said more than 80 per cent of snakes in Ogun State were not poisonous, urging residents not to panic over the reported cases of snake bite in North East and Middle Belt region of the country.
The government assured residents that it has anti Snake Venom (ASV) in stock to checkmate its eventuality, though the State is not an abode of poisonous snake.
The State Commissioner for Health ,Dr. Babatunde Ipaye who stated this during an interview with newsmen at his office in Abeokuta said however, that efforts were being made to ensure that necessary medications as well as preventive interventions measures were put in place to control it eventual attack.
According to him, preparations are made easy due to the efforts of surveillance officers in different Local Governments Areas of the State for collating and responding to common health conditions that may emanate from their localities.
‘’Snake bite is common everywhere in Africa but it is not common in Ogun State as we have in some other parts where we have frequent cases of snake bites particularly in the North East and Middle Belt region of Nigeria. More than 80 percent of the snakes in Ogun State are not poisonous but even with that we still know that we cannot joke with it even if it is only ten percent snakes are poisonous.
‘’Our surveillance officers are everywhere and they are able to tell us the common conditions across our Local Government Areas. It is the frequency of the occurrence of this condition that makes us to stock necessary medications for preventive intervention,’’ Ipaye said.
He added that reasonable amount of Anti-Snake Venom (ASV) viral were available at State own Hospitals across the state, urging anyone bitten by snakes to visit these medical facilities for proper treatment.