AIIMS Bhubaneswar to Conduct Snakebite Mitigation Research Study
Bhubaneswar, April 26 (SocialNews.XYZ) The Indian Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) Bhubaneswar is to conduct a research study with the aim of reducing the incidence of snakebites in Odisha, officials said on Tuesday.
The state is experiencing an upward trend in snakebite deaths. On average, about 800 people die each year from snakebites in the state.
Being a public health issue, the involvement of ordinary people is important to alleviate and improve the situation.
In this context, AIIMS Bhubaneswar Department of Forensic Medicine and Toxicology (FM&T) is going to conduct this scientific study to combat human-snake conflict in the current season.
The study will be conducted in Bhubaneswar and neighboring areas. Approximately 400 families will be included in the research study.
The study is titled “A cross-sectional knowledge, attitude, and practice (KAP) study of snakebite first aid, treatment, and prevention among residents of a home from which a snake is rescued,” said said Sudipta Ranjan Singh, Additional Professor, FM&T Department.
This is a cross-sectional observational study that will be conducted in conjunction with volunteers from Snake Helpline, an authorized registered organization engaged in the rescue and rehabilitation of snakes in the state, he said.
“It is a public health problem in Odisha. Deaths due to this accident are increasing day by day. Although there is a definitive treatment for snakebites, most people seek help from traditional healers and are showing up late to hospitals. There are many other issues that need fixing,” Singh said.
However, valid research data regarding the various roadblocks to hospitals is lacking.
The study is designed to identify these less talked about difficulties and improve the situation, he added.
Although the study was approved earlier, it could not be started due to Covid-19 restrictions, officials said.