HARARE, (Xinhua) --
At least 38 people have died from snake bites in
Zimbabwe since January this year, while more than 5,000 others
have survived the bites, an official said Tuesday.
in the Ministry of Health and Child Care Gerald Gwinji said
cases of snake bites had risen following the growth of foliage
due to heavy rains received in the country this year.
“Since the beginning
of the year, 5,605 cases of snake bites and 38 deaths have been
reported throughout the country,” Gwinji was quoted as saying by
state-run news agency New Ziana.
Some of the deaths
could have been avoided had victims not feared to use the
anti-serum administered to people bitten by snakes, Gwinji said.
He said some of the
victims were treated by traditional healers using traditional
Gwinji urged rural
communities to rid their homes of grass and weeds where snakes
are likely to reside.