Medical workers asked to focus on treating snakebite victims

Because the news of deaths and hospitalized cases due to bites of venomous snake in the central Vietnam caused worries among residents, the Health Ministry’s Medical Examination and Treatment Department yesterday ordered all medical clinics in the country focused on treating people who were bitten by the green pit viper, a species of venomous snake.

When medical workers in district clinics who needs consultation on treatment of snakebite victims, they can call the hot line of Bach Mai Hospital in Hanoi. Hospitals should provide training on first aid and intensive care to residents who can themselves treat or people around when being bitten.

The Department also asked doctors of Bach Mai Hospital to give training on treating snakebite victims to their counterparts in districts as well as continue updating information of diagnosis and advanced treatment in the world.

Dr. Luong Ngoc Khue, head of the Medical Examination and Treatment Department, said that Vietnam is one of countries which have the venomous snakes to cause deaths if snakebite victims do not receive timely treatment. Accordingly the contents of snakebite methodologies are included the curriculum for post graduates in medicine schools

Doctors of big hospitals such as Bach Mai in Hanoi, the central Hue Hospital in Thua Thien-Hue Province in Central Vietnam and Cho Ray Hospital in Ho Chi Minh City are good at treating snakebite victims.

Every year, they have saved the lives of tens of  victims in serious condition after being bitten by venomous snakes. For treatment of snakebite victims, serum plays an important role; currently, the Institute of Vaccine and Medical Biologicals No. 9 in Nha Trang Town in Central Vietnam has produced serum against venomous snakes including the green pit viper.

In three recent months, the green pit viper has appeared in many central provinces namely Quang Nam, Quang Ngai, Phu Yen, Da Nang and Nghe An. Hundreds of people were bitten and some of them were dead due to snakebites.

By Quoc Lap – Translated by Uyen Phuong

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