Snakebite envenoming: facts and figures (3)

6 February, 2019

Dear Neil,

Thank you for sharing this piece of information about a scourge and silent "killer" of our rural populations.

I entirely agree with Katie Nguyen when she writes: "People in rural parts of Sub-Saharan Africa, Asia and Latin America fear getting bitten by a snake more than natural disasters or diseases like malaria and tuberculosis"

Indeed, a case of snakebite (when envenoming occurs) in our local environment is just what the author describes; a vicious circle of poverty, impoverishment, destitution and what else?....

Luckily enough, the situation will change for better as WHO has recently considered/reintroduced this neglected tropical disease (NTDs) in its priority list!

The Ministry of Public Health of Cameroon has also since 2015 included the health problem on its list of "Diseases of potential outbreak and thus weekly reported nationwide.

Currently in Cameroon and Nepal, a global approach to assess the impact to both humans and animals (cattle and other husbandry animal) is being implemented. for those interested to know more, they may just type "SNAKE-BYTE" on their browser. Take note of the spelling with an "Y" not "I".

Bye for now.

HIFA profile: Armand Seraphin Nkwescheu is a Public Health Consultant at the Cameroon Society of Epidemiology. Professional interests: Road traffic injury, Neglected Tropical Diseases with emphasis on snakebites and envenoming, Non communicable Diseases, Health systems and Development Evaluation. nkwesch AT