Bhubaneswar, Sept 24 (LocalWire): With three more people dying of venomous snake bite today early morning, the snakebite toll climbed to nine in the state in the past 24 hours.
A 30-year-old woman and her 8-year-old son were brought dead today in K Nuagaon hospital in Baliguda block of Kandhamal district after a snake bit them near their house in Chapara village.
One more fatality has been reported today from Sora block of Balasore district.
Six people succumbed to snakebite yesterday in separate incidents in Angul, Ganjam and Keonjhar districts, according to Special Relief Commissioner’s office sources here.
The next of kin of the victims are being covered under the Rs 4 lakh-compensatory award in accordance with the enforced SRC rules, they said.
Snakebite, which has been declared as a ‘State Specific Disaster’ by Odisha government from 1 April, 2015 accounted for 811 human fatalities in 2018-19.
Till the latest human toll figure released by the government, 237 people have fallen prey to snakebites during the first quarter of 2019-20 financial year.
The snakebite toll is incidentally higher than other disaster-related human deaths in the state.
The snakebite fatalities accounts for 37% of total disaster-induced death registered in the state. No other disaster claims more human lives than snakebites in recent years, officials said.
Six months, from May to October, have been identified as the period when maximum number of snakebite deaths occurs.
The government in joint coordination with various departments, including health and family welfare, forest and environment, Panchayati Raj and drinking water, women and child development and Mission Shakti, agriculture and farmers empowerment has launched awareness campaign to sensitize people and educate them on the ways and means to save snakebite victims, said officials.
The forest and environment department has developed Information, Education Communication materials on do’s and don’ts of snakebites which are being widely circulated through panchayat bodies.
All snakebite victims must be brought to nearest health institution at the earliest for medical examination and administering Anti-Snake Venom, if required to save their lives. They must not be treated by quacks. This message has to be widely circulated through intensive awareness programmes, said the officials.
Directions have been issued for availability of adequate quantity of anti-venom serum in all hospitals and dispensaries where large number of snakebite deaths has been reported.
Required number of 108 Ambulance services has also been made available in major affected blocks for shifting the snakebite patients to the nearest health institutions.
The health department has asked to ensure availability of at least one doctor in Primary Health Centres in the highly snakebite-prone areas, they added.