Monday, 14 September 2015

Charity Warns That World Is running Out Of Anti-Snake Venom


MSF says 100,000 people die from snakebites every year in one of the world's most neglected public health emergencies, The world is running out of the one most effective treatments for snakebites, according to medical experts, putting thousands of lives at risk.

The warning was issued by Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), which said 100,000 people died from snake venom every year. Another 8000 needed amputations, said the charity as it raised the alarm over what it described as “one of the world’s most neglected public health emergencies”.
Dr Gabriel Alcoba, MSF medical adviser, said: “We are now facing a real crisis so why do governments, pharmaceutical companies and global health bodies turn away when we need them most?
“Imagine how frightening it must be to be bitten by a snake — to feel the pain and venom spread through your body  knowing it may kill you and there is no treatment available, or that you can’t afford to pay for it?”
Although other anti-venoms are available, they are not as effective as Fav-Afrique, said MSF, for the five million people bitten each year.


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