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Avoid snake bites

27 Feb 2019 at 06:23hrs | Views
Despite not getting much publicity snake bites are very common in Zimbabwe, with some cases resulting in deaths. These slitherers are warm climate creatures that are found all over the country though with a higher concentration in rural areas and game sanctuaries.

The best way to avoid snake bites is to avoid the snakes and keeping surroundings free of clutter. Also, rodents and other small critters can result in unsolicited visits from snakes hunting for food. Homesteads must be kept clean and free of tall grass and shrubbery.

Broken cars and old tyres etc should be thrown away to discourage snakes from taking up residence. It is quite important for the Ministry of Health to make sure that countryside clinics are fully stocked with anti-venom for snake bite treatment.

Locals should be trained in first aid and made aware of the ever lingering danger of low lying snakes some of which may be very poisonous. Indeed there are some senior citizens who are privy to traditional treatment of snake bites but victims must be encouraged to seek treatment from health centres.

Seeking help from sangomas and  the later day 'I receive' prophets may be your last mistake. Remember a snake is at home on land, trees and water so keep watch and move carefully. Avoid snake bites, keep away from snakes.

Thomas Murisa. Chinehasha.

Source - Thomas Murisa
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