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Snake bites village head’s wife to death in Plateau

The wife of the head of the village of Magama in Langtang South Local Government of Plateau, has died of snake bites.

The growing rates of floods in some parts of the country has increased cases of snakebites in the affected areas.

The incident was revealed to newsmen by Dr Nandul Durfa, Managing Director of a company that manufactures Anti-Snake Venom (ASV), adding that the situation was scary.

“There is a huge rise in snakebite cases; one of the victims is the wife of the village head of Magama.

“Snakes and humans are all running away from the floods and would usually clash in the dry lands in the struggle for space”, he noted.

Dr Abubakar Saidu Balla, who’s the Research Officer at Snakebite Research Hospital, Kaltungo in Gombe revealed that snakes have migrated close to people’s homes from the forests as a result of floods.

He further said the areas covered by River in Adamawa, Borno, Gombe, Kogi, and Bauchi were also affected.

He also lamented that victims of snake bites cannot be hospitalized for medical attention because the bridges and roads are already affected by the flood.

“In the rural areas, the motorcycles help, but they cannot ride through the water now. Very often, victims reach treatment centres dead”, the expert added.

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