Bauchi: Snake Bite Kills Seven In 2022 – BSPHCDA

By Murtala Muhammad

The Executive Chairman of Bauchi State Primary Healthcare Development Agency (BSPHCDA), Dr Rilwanu Muhammad says seven people have died last year due to snake bites.

Dr Rilwanu Mohammed made this known during a news briefing at Emergency Operation Centre, EOC in Bauchi as part of activities to mark 2023 International Day for Neglected Tropical Diseases, NTDs.

He said most of the reported cases of Snake bite were from Duguri community in Alkaleri Local Government area of the state, noting that the state government has reactivated a hospital in the community to manage and treat patients with such problems.

Executive Chairman of the Bauchi State Primary Healthcare Development Agency, (BSPHCDA) Dr Rilwanu Mohammed during the news briefing in Bauchi. Photo: Murtala Muhammad

Dr Mohammed who explained that already training has been conducted for the staff that would man the facility, informed that drugs and cold chain facilities were procured for use in the reactivated Duguri new facility.

The Executive Chairman stated that as part of effort to curb NTDs, the state government had last year conducted free medical surgeries for one thousand three hundred and fifty five people suffering from hydrocele and trichiasis in thirteen LGAs of the state.

Dr. Muhammad informed that the state ministry of health and the Federal ministry of health in collaboration with a non Governmental organization MITOSATH would the second phase of Trachoma and Hydrocele operation and case management patients across the 20 LGAs of Bauchi state.

In a related development, Bauchi State Government to has been urged to provide portable drinking water and sanitation facilities in rural communities with a view to mitigating Neglected Tropical Diseases, NTDs across the state.

A lecturer with the Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University, ATBU Bauchi, Dr. Nasiru Wana made the call during an enlightenment organized by Bauchi state government held in Dajin Village of Tafawa Balewa Local Government area.

Dr. Nasiru Wana also stressed the need for synergy between environmental experts and public health specialists towards preventing most of the NTDs.

Speaking, the State Coordinator, NTDs Alhaji Nasiru Haruna Zwal said the state government was doing all within its powers with a view to fighting the dreaded diseases.

Nasiru Zwal called on people to always observe personal and environmental hygiene to guard themselves against NTDs.

He added that observing safety protocol against the disease and charged them to report any suspicious person to the relevant authorities for appropriate action.

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