By; MOHAMMED KAWU, Bauchi
A functional Snakebite Treatment Centre for patients of the poisonous disease, is soon to be established in Bauchi, the State Governor Bala Abdulkadir Mohammed has disclosed.
The Governor dropped the hint for establishment of the centre twhen the officials of the Nigerian Snakebite Research and Intervention Centre based in Bayero University Kano Wednesday paid him an advocacy visit in Bauchi.
The Governor signified his administration’s interest and determination to work with the Bayero University Centre in order to come to the aid of snakebite patients in the affected communities of Bauchi state.
According to him, Bauchi state government will use the delegation’s knowledge and expertise for effective establishment of the centre, as well as for the procurement of the required facilities needed for treatment of snakebite patients.
He told the delegation, “I am happy to receive people with the required knowledge that we needed to address our challenges, in Duguri, my home town is one of the area that was affected by the problem of snakebite”.
Governor Bala then urged private sector to work with the centre for the establishment of factory that will be producing vaccines required for snakebite treatment for the benefit of Nigerians generally.
Bala submitted, “My administration will work with you in your determination to make an impact and leave legacies”.
The leader of the delegation, Professor Abdulrazaq Habib has earlier said that their visit is to seek for the support of Bauchi state government in tackling the problem of snakebite in the state.
Habib said, “Your Excellency, we consider it as important for us to visit you as part of the Celebration of 2020 International Snakebite awareness Day. We find you as a better partner to celebrate the day with you”.
Professor Abdulrazaq Habib further requested the state government to provide the required funds for the production of local vaccines as part of effort to reduce the rate of death as a result of snakebite in the country.
He added, “We want you to establish centre for the treatment of snakebite patients in the state and we are ready to work with you in that regard”.