The anti-snake venom is a potent medication used for the treatment of snake bites and doctors have explained that its absence reduces the chances of survival of victims of snake bite.
The Bole District Health Director, Mr. David Bakuri, confirmed to Yagbon Radio that the facility had been operating without the medication for the past
“There is cause of concern as the farming season has began coupled with shea nut picking which normally characterize an increase in the number of snake bites cases in the District”, Mr. David told Yagbon Radio Abdul Razack on Saturday, May 30, 2020, on ” Round Table ” discussion.
Mr. David, indicated that the Regional Medical stores has run out of stock of the vaccine and hence the hospital cannot procure some from any other source.
The situation is worrying as the vaccine is not easily accessed within our area, Mr. David noted.
He said the vaccine is administered to patients free of charge in all Public health facilities but Damongo and Wenchi hospitals are exception because they are private hospitals and hence they can sell the vaccine.
He indicated that the West Gonja Hospital recently received some of the vaccine from Abu Jinapor, NPP parliamentary candidate for the Damongo constituency.
Mr. David is then calling on all sons and daughters of the District including the Former President of Ghana John Dramani Mahama and his brother Ibrahim Mahama to come to the aid of the hospital by securing some anti-snake venom for the people of the area.
He again reminded the people of Bole and its catchment areas to be wary of cholera as the rains set in.
“We have however conducted enough surveillance on cholera and people are advised to observe good sanitary practices in containing the any possible outbreak of cholera “, he stated.
Mr. David equally advised the residents of Bole and Savannah Region not to relent their efforts in the fight against the deadly novel coronavirus.
He urged all residents to keep on practicing the safety health protocols as in wearing of nose mask, observing physical and social distancing among others as ways of curbing the global pandemic.
By Alhassan Abdul Razack