Pakistan tackles snakebite envenomation
Viper venom interferes with blood-clotting — a property exploited by pharmaceutical companies to manufacture blood thinners.
"Hospital treatment is free; we would have had to pay the bhopa in kind!
According to the IUCN, of the 72 snake species found in Pakistan, only 14 marine and 12 terrestrial snake species are poisonous.Najam says the NIH follows WHO standards to produce polyvalent antivenom that treats most poisonous snake bites.
"Dismissing Chand’s claims, Sharma a the district hospital says most snakes found in Pakistan are not venomous.
The area is snake-infested and responsible for a fair share of the 40,000 people who are reportedly bitten by snakes in Pakistan each year.