Health experts want increased access of anti venom drugs

By Daudi Zirimala
Health experts have asked government to increase the stock of anti Venom in all health centers across the country.

According to research by Makerere University School of public health fellowship,snake bites are one the neglected tropical accidents which government has not given much attention in terms of budget allocations.

Speaking during the graduation ceremony of public health fellowship ,one of the fellows Dr.John Kamulegeya said that 95% of the snake bites occur in rural areas and Northern Uganda has the highest number of snake bites of 3.2% where males are more affected.

Kamulegeya said that it’s upon this background for the government to increase on the budget for supplying anti-Venom drugs to treat snake bites in all health centers.

Many victims of snake bites do not come to health centers so they resort to herbal medicine which is risky for venomous snake bites says Kamulegeya. They say it’s high time for the government to sensitive the masses about the venomous snake bites as well as increasing on the anti-Venom drugs.