Snakebite - A Neglected Farmer Crisis
Snakebite a Neglected Tropical Disease in 21st Century- Says: - World Health Organization...Early in 2009, snake-bite was finally included in the WHO’s list of Neglected tropical diseases confirming the experience in many parts of this region that snake-bite is a common occupational hazard of farmers, plantation workers and others, resulting in tens of thousands of deaths each year and many cases of chronic physical handicap
Envenoming snakebite is largely a neglected threat to public health. It affects mainly the poor in deprived rural areas where health facilities and are limited and anti-venoms may be hard to obtain. Training of health staff in the management of envenoming is often neglected, despite good evidence that it improves outcome. Concerted action is needed to ensure supplies of effective antivenoms and to develop systems that deliver good quality health care to snake bite victims so that we can deal effectively with this problem, which causes severe disability, brings misery to families and which kills thousands of people.
Total ignorance prevails about snakes and snakebite in India. Due to deep rooted superstitions many precious lives are lost and snakes are hounded and killed. Part of the problem is Common. People are usually not trained to deal with a snakebite emergency. Preparation, which includes knowing in advance about the basic knowledge about snakebite and how to get to the nearest hospital- could greatly reduce anxiety and lead to more effective care. The best solution is to educate people - disseminate information about snakes and snakebite - what are snakes, when and why do they bite, how to avoid getting bitten, what to do when bitten etc. as National Snakebite Initiative does to help to understand the Neglected Disease (Snakebite)