STOP SUCKING SNAKE BITE SPOT, US HEALTH WORKERS WARNS

STOP SUCKING SNAKEBITE SPOT, US HEALTH WORKERS WARNS

 It’s a rescue norm in some part of Africa to suck on spots of snakebite as a means of extracting the venom from the victims system.  U.S.-based Nurse, Alloysius Nlekwa, has advised farmers not to suck the spots where they were bitten by snakes while on their farms. He gave the advice on Tuesday in Abakaliki while delivering a lecture at a seminar on “Health and Environmental Management’’.

 The seminar was organised for farmers by the Ebonyi Office of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) Assisted Value Chain Development Programme (VCDP).

According to Nlekwa, the same measure should be applied when farmers are bitten or stung by scorpions and other creatures while on their farms.

 “We want to correct the widely-held misconception that sucking the affected spots to extract the venom would stop its circulation inside the victim’s body rather it will worsen the situation.

 “A farmer bitten on the hand for instance, should lower it to stop the venom from getting to the heart region, then thoroughly clean and wrap the affected spot with a neat cloth. He advised.

 “The victim should then proceed to the hospital and inform the doctor the type of snake which bit him for prescription of the suitable anti-venom therapy or drug,’’ he said.

 The IFAD–VCDP consultant also warned farmers not to apply oil or herbs on snake-bite spots because it would worsen their conditions.

 “Farmers suffering from epilepsy should not go to the farm alone, to get immediate assistance in cases of sudden seizures.

 “The level of modern health equipment in the U.S. for instance, cannot be compared with those in Nigeria and other developing countries which made us to stress on enlightenment to correct prevailing misconceptions.

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