14 Apr 2024  |   10:23pm IST

Tragic Incident at Assoi Dongri: 68-Year-Old Woman Passes Away from Snakebite

DHS, Goa reveals that there have been 3,346 reported cases of snakebites in the state, with 27 of them resulting in fatalities.
Tragic Incident at Assoi Dongri: 68-Year-Old Woman Passes Away from Snakebite

Team Herald

A quiet evening in Assoi Dongri, Dabolim, turned into a nightmare when a 68-year-old woman, Subhadra Nagvekar, was bitten by a venomous snake while doing chores in her kitchen. According to reports, the incident took place at around 7:30 pm on Sunday. The woman was immediately rushed to the hospital but unfortunately, she succumbed to the snakebite and passed away.

This unfortunate incident has brought the issue of snakebites into the spotlight once again. A closer look at the publicly available records by the Directorate of Health Services in Goa reveals that there have been 3,346 reported cases of snakebites in the state, with 27 of them resulting in fatalities. This shocking number sheds light on the urgency to address this issue and create awareness about the dangers of snakebites.

The South Goa District Hospital (SGDH) in Margao, on average receives 15 snakebite cases every month, with the number increasing during the monsoon season when snakes are more active.

Snakebites are a common occurrence in rural areas, and unfortunately, they often lead to fatalities due to lack of access to timely treatment. This highlights the need for proper education and prevention measures in rural communities to reduce the risk of snakebites.

It is important to note that not all snakebites are fatal, and with prompt medical attention, most of them can be treated successfully. However, the lack of awareness about snakebite symptoms and proper first aid measures can be life-threatening. In case of a snakebite, it is crucial to immediately immobilize the affected area and seek medical help without delay.

Moreover, it is also essential to identify the type of snake that caused the bite, as different types of snakes have different types of venom, and the treatment can vary accordingly. This is where the role of healthcare professionals and trained personnel comes into play. They must have the necessary knowledge and resources to handle snakebite cases effectively.

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