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Victims of snake bites in Kanke Local Government Area of Plateau State are in dire need of anti-venom drugs from the state and federal governments, a medical expert, Dr. Sylvester Gaknung has cried out.

Gaknung, the Chief Medical Director of Miko Memorial Clinic, Amper, who lamented the ordeal of the victims, said: “Over the years now, I have been crying to the authorities over the plight of victims of snake bite in this part of the state but nothing has been done to help them.

“In fact, when we cried out last year, a team of medical experts from both the federal and state Ministry of Health came and saw things for themselves leaving us with promises they never fulfilled.”

aknung appealed to government to provide N3.5 million to purchase anti-venom drugs, saying this would take care of treatment of victims in the area for a whole year.

He expressed regret that most of the victims were peasant farmers, who had no money to treat themselves considering the cost of the anti-venom drugs.

According to him, the statistic of victims of snakebite within the locality and its environs has neither increased nor decreased.

Responding, the state Commissioner for Health, Dr. Kuden Kamshak, said the state government would never abandon its people, adding that government would soon partner with the affected local governments in the southern and central zones of the state to tackle the problem.