FEDERAL GOVERNMENT BLAMES PLATEAU AND GOMBE GOVERNMENT OVER 91 DEATHS CAUSED BY SNAKE BITE

The Federal Ministry of Health has blamed Plateau and Gombe states for the death of 91 people caused by snakebites in the past three weeks within the affected states.

The Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole, said this in a statement signed by the Director of Media at the ministry, Boade Akinola, on Monday.

Adewole also denied reports that the Federal Government had run out of stock of the anti-snake venom for the treatment of the victims.

He said Plateau State and some other states in question have refused to apply for the anti-snake venoms through the proper channel.

He said so far, five states had made requests and had been given the venom for the treatment of victims in the last four months, of which the last was in September 6, 2017.

Adewole, however, expressed worry over the availability of the venom in the near future as the 2017 procurement had been removed from the ministry and put under the National Primary Healthcare Development Agency

He also called on the snakebite prevalent states to invest in procurement of anti-snake venom for their people.

The minister warned that the Federal Government could not continue to procure and distribute free venom to states indefinitely as currently being practised.

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