Antivenom shortage causing more fatalities in Rajshahi
Though Rajshahi Medical College Hospital (RMCH) has an adequate amount of antivenom for snake-bitten patients, most of the upazila health complexes in Rajshahi district do not. As a result, snake-bitten people are dying without receiving treatment at proper time.
Out of nine upazilas in Rajshahi district, only two upazilas have antivenom.
However, the Rajshahi Civil Surgeon Office said preparations are underway to bring antivenom to the remaining seven upazila health complexes.
The doctors said the antivenom injection should have been brought before the rainy season.
They predicted that it would be possible to reduce the mortality rate of snake-bitten patients if all the upazilas had antivenom injection at the right time.
According to the RMCH sources, a total of 463 patients came here from different districts of Rajshahi division and upazilas of Rajshahi district for the treatment from 2019 to September this year.
In 2019, 238 people returned home after getting treatment and 40 people died while this year, 225 people have received treatment and 12 have died.
Doctors said most of the patients died due to delay in taking treatment.
Dr Abu Shaheen said most of the patients died due to seeking treatment from the snake charmer or fake doctor in village.
However, the number of deaths and admissions this year is lower than last year due to coronavirus pandemic.