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No shortage of anti-venom for Russell’s Viper: Health minister

There are adequate amounts of anti-venom at all public hospitals to treat the victims bite by Russell’s Viper, said Health Minister Dr Samanta Lal Sen.

He said that the most important task is to take snakebite victims to a doctor at the quickest possible time and timely medical intervention can fully cure snakebite victims through proper treatment.

The minister told this at a seminar ‘Russell’s Viper: Fear versus facts’ organised by the Bangladesh Society of Medicine at the Bangamata Sheikh Fazilatunnesa Mujib Convention Hall in the capital on Thursday.

The health minister urged all to refrain from spreading falsehood and misleading information about the treatment facilities of the victims of Russell’s Viper, says a press release.

He said that the government is working sincerely to ensure treatment facilities of Russell’s Viper victims alongside providing proper knowledge about the snake.

He asked authorities of all public hospitals to ensure adequate stock of anti-venom for Russell’s Viper bites.

The minister also stressed on launching mass awareness campaign among the people for taking proper steps to save lives of Russell’s Viper victims.

State Minister for Health and Family Welfare Dr Rokeya Sultana, BSMMU Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Deen Md Nurul Haque and Secretary General of Bangladesh Society of Medicine Dr Ahmedul Kabir, among others, addressed the seminar with Director General of Directorate of Health Prof Dr Tito Mian in the chair.