Man dies of snake bite, residents warned
THE Municipal Health Office of Asingan town warned residents against using traditional medicine “tandok” after a 33-year-old man in Barangay San Vicente East recently died due to snake bite.
Dr. Ronnie Tomas, municipal health officer, said, “If bitten by a snake, the victim should go directly to a hospital because if the snake is venomous, the victim should not delay, or victim can die within minutes.”
Tomas said the hospital will immediately give anti-venom vaccine.
Tomas gave the advice following the death of Jason Paringit, 33, who was bitten by a cobra outside his residence on July 4.
Paringit’s wife, Mell, said they just had their lunch when her husband decided to cut grasses near their residence. He saw ducks’ eggs scattered. He tried to put back the eggs on the nests with hay when he was attacked by the snake.
The victim was brought to a folk healer (albularyo), known to be doing supsop, in Urdaneta City for possible first aid treatment and stayed there for 30 minutes.
He warned that merely treating the wound will only delay in stopping the spread of the snake’s deadly venom first aid.
“And we do not advise the so-called supsop” – an antiquated practice in the countryside placing a deer’s horn over the bitten area on a patient to suck the venom out.
For his part, Dr. Anton Soliven, Municipal Veterinarian, said people should be doubly cautious, especially of areas that could serve as snake habitats.
“Of course, when you destroy their environment like during flooding, they will go to houses or in higher grounds. Just don’t disturb their environment and they will not attack because snakes are even more afraid than humans,” he said.
He advised people to clean their surroundings regularly.
He said snakes usually stay in poultry houses or old pig pens because underneath, there are holes where they can hide. (Eva Visperas)
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