Tharaka Nithi County health CEC Dr. Gichuyia Nthuraku has strongly rubbished claims that the health facilities in the county have not been stocked with snakes anti-venom which is putting the lives of constituents at risk when snake and spider bites occurs.
Referencing the case where a young boy and the son to the Chief Gakurungu location in Tharaka South Sub County died last week from a poisonous snake bite, the CEC said the claims that the boy passed on from lack of anti-venom are unfounded since all the health facilities in the county are well equipped with the drugs and ready for any emergency.
“When our medical health officer in Tharaka received the information that there had been reported a case of a snake bite, we immediately reported the issue at Marimanti level 4 hospital and arrangements were made to receive the boy at the facility where the anti-venom is available. Therefore whoever is spreading the information that the patient died from lack of medication is having another agenda,’’ said Nthuraku.
Further, Nthuraku said there are currently patients admitted in various health facilities in the county and others treated and discharged having suffered from the snake bites and therefore asked the residents of Tharaka Nithi County to seek treatment in the health facilities all over the county.
The Njuki led government has been on the spot over outcry after the son to Gakurungu location Chief died last after a snake bite and claims had it that the boy succumbed after missing snake anti-venom in the nearest health facility.
Finally the health CEC assured the constituents to ignore the propaganda since the county has adequately equipped and stocked all the health centers towards ensuring sustainable health care to the common man.