By; MOHAMMED KAWU, Bauchi
A snake bite treatment centre which would soon commence treatment of victims has been established at Duguri Village in Alkaleri Local Government Area of Bauchi State.
Dr. Rilwanu Mohammed, Executive Secretary of the State Primary Healthcare Development Agency BASPHCDA) told the press on the occasion of this year’s World Neglected Tropical Disease (NTDs) Day in Bauchi.
He said that the state government has procured drugs worth N1 million for the treatment of patients.
According to him, the state government has procured drugs worth one million Naira fort the treatment of patients in the centre while six staff were trained on management and treatment.
“We have renovated the facility and six staff were trained at Kaltungo in Gombe State to manage and treat patients coming with snake bites to the Duguri treatment centre”
“The BASPHCDA also has to procure the anti-venom which will be handed over to ward development committee (WDC) as revolving drugs.
Dr. Rilwanu Mohammed spoke of the Bauchi State Government’s concern over the burden of snake bites, especially in Duguri community of the state.
Mohammed enumerated five neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) to include Onchocerciasis (River blindness), Lymphatic Filariasis Schistosomiasis (Blood in urine) and Trachoma.
He also gave the endemicity of the disease in the state as Onchocerciasis (River blindness) in 12 Local Government Areas (LGAs), Lymphatic Filariasis (Swelling of limbs) in 11 LGAs, and Schistosomiasis (Blood in urine) in 19 Local Government Areas.
The agency chairman said, “Trachoma (Eyelashes rubbing on eyeball) is also in two 2LGAs. All these diseases have a devastating effect and direct link to the economy and wellbeing of humanity”.