Amid scarcity of snakes’ anti-venom in most of health centers in Tharaka Nithi County and especially in Tharaka region which is well known for harboring different species of poisonous snakes, residents can now access the drug from Tharaka university health unit after the facility’s stocking of the rare drug.
Speaking during issuance of food stuff to identified vulnerable aged individuals at Marimanti Chief’s office,Chuka university vice chancellor Professor Erastus Njoka said the newly built health facility at Tharaka University has now been stocked with enough snakes anti-venom to cater for residents who have been running up and down without help when snakes bites occurs leading to deaths.
“Following outcry from members of public from Tharaka over missing vital snakes anti-venom which has been leading to deaths of victims of snakes bites, we have stocked Tharaka University health unit with enough anti-venoms to ensure no resident within the reach of the facility dies from snakes bites as it has been the norm, ’’ he said.
Njoka expressed his worries over the current state of the county’s health facilities where he said they have ran out of vital drugs and thus risking the lives of residents despite it being their right to get the necessary medication when need arises.
“Our health facilities are missing the vital drugs for various illnesses ranging from diabetes, high blood pressure and snakes anti-venoms. Therefore as the year starts we need to have our hospitals re-stocked with the necessary drugs so that people do not lose lives for no apparent reason,’’ he said.
The Njuki led county has been on stiff criticism over claims that hospitals have no snakes and spider anti-venoms after a young boy from Tharaka succumbed about a month ago while being rushed to an hospital following a poisonous snake bite, the claim which the health CEC Mr.Gichuiya Nthuraku rubbished saying major hospitals in the county have enough of the drugs.
The university chief was in company of aspiring Tharaka Mp Ndiego Ngugi, the county commissioner M.s Beverly Opwora and police county commander Mr.Chirles Mbatu among others.
Speaking during the event, Opwora gave a strict warning to parents who might relent in sending back school going children to their learning institutions saying her security team will ensure such parents are apprehended and necessary action taken on them since government through ministry of education has put all the necessary measures to ensure smooth school re-opening.
“I have directed all the deputy county commissioners, their assistants, chiefs and assistant chiefs to conduct a crackdown starting from 4th of January to ensure no child has been left at home tending to other chores while others re-open schools. We will therefore arrest such parents and ensure the children resume schooling,’’ Opwora warned.
Further, the county security chief warned the followers of Kavonokia denomination in Tharaka against contradicting government policies by keeping their children at home warning them of serious consequences if apprehended with the offence.
On the issue of early pregnancies in the region, Opwora said that more than 311 school girls who have conceived since the closure of schools from ravaging covid-19 pandemic have right to resume studies once they give birth and regain strength to enable them get back to books. She however urged parents to be responsible enough to their children especially girls to avoid such unfortunate cases of early pregnancies.