Presnetly It was brough to our notice thsat the North East Development Commission has donated about 944 vials of anti-snake venom to the Gombe State Ministry of Health. For the treatmesnt of so many after the records of death of so many victims of Snake Bites in the State. Recently, incidences of snakebites have been on the surge, with varying degrees and species on the prowl. Other initiatives embarked by the NEDC under the Rapid Response Initiative project include renovation of Primary Healthcare facilities in five Local Government Areas, solar power projects and equipment for the upgrade of the Filiya Primary Health centre to a cottage hospital.
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Receiving the items during a symbolic presentation, Commissioner for Health, Habu Dahiru, lauded the partnership, adding that it had a direct impact on the poor and vulnerable. According to Dahiru, the donation of snakebite vials would help reduce the risk faced this season by farmers and rural dwellers, stressing that the provision of solar in key units in some selected facilities and units would lessen the challenges faced. The Commissioner said, “Snake envenomation is one of the major challenges in Gombe State and its environment.
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“If you recall, the snakebite treatment centre at Kaltungo, which we are hoping will be upgraded to an institute, is a place where people come in from all the neighbouring states and beyond and it has been in operation since the 1950s and patients come in from Adamawa, Borno, Yobe, Bauchi, Taraba and Plateau states. “The delivery of over 900 anti-snake venoms has impacted positively on treatment and reduction of death from envenomation from snakebite.”
Speaking earlier, Gombe State Director General of North East Development Commission, Shehu Abdullahi, said the commission is committed to improving the wellbeing of residents of the North East. Abdullahi noted that health was a priority area if the region would attain development. He said, “The commission supplied about 944 vials of anti-snake venoms in our Kaltungo Snakebite Treatment Hospital. “The commission also supplied equipment for the upgrading of Filiya Primary Healthcare to a cottage. The commission also renovated three PHCs under Funakaye Local Government. We also renovated another three PHCs under Nafada.”