Over 700 snakebite victims treated in Benue

More than 700 victims of snake bite have so far been treated in a Catholic hospital, Bishop Murray Hospital, Makurdi.

Rev. Fr Peter Kpaleve, Health Coordinator Catholic Dioceses of Makurdi disclosed this, in Makurdi, yesterday when the State Governor, Samuel Ortom visited the hospital to sympathise with victims of the bandits’ attack last Saturday.

The priest said that the Hospital is renowned for the treatment of people who suffer snake bites.

Rev. Fr Ukpeleve appreciated the governor for extending his magnanimity to those who are lying critically ill by paying the hospital bills.

Responding, governor Ortom commended the Catholic Bishop of Makurdi Dioceses for the support to his government in the area of healthcare delivery, education and in moulding the character of children.

Ortom said that he initiated the treatment of snakebite victims in the year 2000 when we discovered that this hospital had the capacity, the wherewithal and expertise in treating snake bites.

“Like he rightly said, last year alone we successfully treated over 700 victims after which they went back home,” the governor said.

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