With the beginning of monsoon,incidents of snake bites have been increasingly reported in Panchkula. In the past one week,seven cases of snake bite have been reported at the Government Hospital,Sector 6,Panchkula.
Of the seven cases reported,two are from Panchkula. Courtesy the dense forest cover,rest of the cases are from slum areas and villages surrounding the city,including Kot and Rally. One patient has been referred to Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education & Research,Chandigarh,for further consultation.
Patients are monitored for 24 hours before they are discharged,even if the victim has been bitten by non-poisonous snakes. According to doctors,about 98 per cent of the cases involve non-venomous snakes. Because of rain,snakes from the nearby forests find shelter in human dwellings and generally bite to protect themselves if they feel threatened by human presence.
Doctors claim that maximum harm is caused due to the psychological effect of the bite,rather than physical harm due to poisoning. The trauma and anxiety of being bitten causes symptoms such as nausea,high-blood pressure and severe perspiration. These disturb the health of the patient more than the bite itself, said a doctor at the Government Hospital.
Doctors suggest that as precautionary measures people should always put on footwear and avoid sleeping on the floor during monsoon.