The number of patients bitten by snakes at Mahottari District Hospital Jaleshwor, Nepal is increasing due to extreme heat.
According to Dr. Satish Sah, Medical Superintendent and Acting Chief of Mahottari District Hospital, Jaleshwor, one or two people come to the hospital from time to time, but now eight to 10 people come daily for treatment of snakebite patients.
Dr. Sah said that due to the extreme heat for the past few days, snakes came out and bit the people in the fields, roads, and houses.
It has been found that snakes enter the village settlements due to the recent heavy rains in the district. At the same time, if the snake is found to be harmed by a human in any way or if it is touched unknowingly the snake bites. Sah said.
Dr. Sah said that most of the patients who came to the hospital were bitten by non-venomous snakes and only a few were bitten by venomous snakes. According to the locals, snakes have been spotted in 10 villages of Mahottari and five other villages.
Dozens of people from different villages of the district come to this hospital for treatment. Snakebite patients also come from different parts of India.
The non-venomous snakes that appear in Mahottari include Dhoriya, Harhara, and others, while the most venomous snakes are Karet and Goman which are easily found everywhere.
For the past two weeks, snakebite patients have been coming to the district hospital in Jaleshwor on a daily basis. So far this year, no one has come to Jaleshwar Hospital for treatment after being bitten by a snake. Sah said.
He said that there was enough anti-snake venom needle for patients bitten by snakes at the District Hospital, Jaleshwor.
Patients bitten by a snake are given a dose of anti-snake venom depending on the amount of venom.