Anti-snake venom medicine proves ineffective in Chhattisgarh

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Pathalgaon, Chhattisgarh, June 26 (UNI) With the advent of monsoon when the poisonous snakes and victimised several people in Chhattisgarh's Jashpur district, the anti-snake venom liquid medicine has been proving futile.

Snake-bite incidents became common in this area but the anitdotes at government hospitals remained ineffective. Recently, a woman bitten by a snake succumbed while undergoing treatment in hospital.

''However, I informed the District Collector and hospitals senior authorities but there is no concrete solution,'' said Bharatiya Janata Party MLA Bharat Sai.

He said that 18 people were died of in snake-bite incidents so far in the current year and this ineffective medicine was still available in hospitals at Kansabel, Bagbahar, Kotaba, Bagicha, Kunkari and here.

Admitting the futility of antidote, Pathalgaon Block Development Officer P Suthar said that Rajkumari (25) was admitted to this district's health centre and she was given three doses of antidote but in vain.

He said that only two doses of this medicine could save a victim's life.

''The ineffective antidote has been taken back and new ones have been sent to the Farsabahar block,'' said Chief Medical and Health Officer N C Nande.

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