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Wajir residents worried over increasing cases of snake bites

18 February 2014, 14:41 Nechesa Chemoi

Wajir - Records from the Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) show that at least 50 people have lost their lives in the last 3 years after being bitten by snakes in Wajir County.

The records show that close to 450 people have been bitten by poisonous puff adders in the county in the last 3 years.  As a result some have died, others crippled, and some forced to get their limbs amputated because of the snake venom.

“The snakes are very poisonous. The victims die while being taken to hospital which is very far. The poison spreads very fast in their bodies because they take too long to reach to the hospital,” said Zablon Omulako, KWS officer in charge of wildlife conservation in Wajir.

Families of those who die because of snake bites are required to receive KES 5 million as compensation from the government, according to the new wildlife management and conservation laws. Initially they were being paid KES 200,000.

On the other hand, the survivors are supposed to get between KES 2 to 3 million depending on the extend of the damage caused.

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