The World Health Organization (WHO) has pumped $107 143 into eSwatini’s coffers for the purchasing of ten different types of antivenins.
eSwatini has 62 species of snakes and about 31 people die from snakebites in the kingdom every year.
WHO Medical Officer Dr Kevin Makadzange said, “We have realized that most fatalities due to snakebites in sub-Saharan Africa could be avoided if there were enough antivenins in these countries such as eSwatini.”
Director of Health Services in the Ministry of Health, Dr Vusi Magagula
said the availability of various types of antivenins would not only minimize deaths but also paralysis resultant from snakebites.
Thea Litcha-Koen from the Snake Antivenin Harvesting expressed gratitude at WHO’s generous gesture.