Snake bite cases rising in Kathmandu as anti-venom drugs become elusive

The number of people suffering from snake bites has been found to have increased in Kathmandu this year.

According to Shukraraj Tropical and Infectious Disease Hospital in Teku, Kathmandu, the number of people coming for treatment of snake bites has increased significantly in the past few weeks.

The hospital has been receiving around 15 to 20 people everyday with complaints of snake bites, according to Chief of the Research Division at the Hospital, Dr Sher Bahadur Pun.

As per the hospital statistics, the number of people suffering from snake bite has already reached 420 in Kathmandu this fiscal year compared to 248 last year.

Dr Pun attributes global warming and climate change as the reasons for the increasing incidents of snake bites in the capital.

Meanwhile, the country continues to suffer from a scarcity of anti-snake venom required to treat people suffering from the snake bites.

The number of people suffering from snake bites is on the rise but availability of anti-snake venom is scarce as it is the same in India from where the vials are imported from, according to Director of the Epidemiology and Disease Control Division Dr Baburam Marasini.

Source: Nepalnews