Do not to suck snakebite spots, Health official advises farmers

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Abakaliki – A U.S.-based Nurse, Alloysius Nlekwa, has advised farmers not to suck the spots where they were bitten by snakes while on their farms.

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Nlekwa gave the advice on Tuesday in Abakaliki while delivering a lecture at a seminar on “Health and Environmental Management’’.

The seminar was organised for farmers by the Ebonyi Office of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) Assisted Value Chain Development Programme (VCDP).

According to Nlekwa, the same measure should be applied when farmers are bitten or stung by scorpions and other creatures while on their farms.

“We want to correct the widely-held misconception that sucking the affected spots to extract the venom would stop its circulation inside the victim’s body rather it will worsen the situation.

“A farmer bitten on the hand for instance, should lower it to stop the venom from getting…



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