According to the World Health Organization (WHO), every fourth minute a person dies of snoring in the world. WHO has characterized snake etching as the “world’s largest hidden health crisis” and has developed a new strategy for dealing with the crisis.
WHO experts collect snake poisoning worldwide to develop antisera. One of them, David Williams told the BBC, was snoring six times. “It feels like I was hit with a hammer,” he recalled, recalling the last time he had saved his life with serum.
However, most victims do not have such luck. Many hundreds of thousands of sufferers suffer permanent damage as a result of snake milling, most of them amputated by the body.
Snake milling mainly affects the poorest communities in Africa, Asia and Latin America. Farmers risk their lives every day working on the ground, where the deadly snakes snatch. A lot of children are also the victims of snake bites.
The WHO and the British Wellcome Trust charity are planning a joint action to deal with a snake crisis.
The Wellcome Trust invests £ 80 million (HUF 30 billion) in a new program to develop new treatments and facilitate access to effective antidotes.
The WHO is preparing an action plan to reduce the death and amputation of snake milling by half by 2030.
Professor Mike Turner, scientific director of Wellcome, emphasized that having the right antibody is a good chance of survival. “There will always be people killed by a lethal snake, but this is not a reason to die.”
According to Philip Prince, the expert at Welcome, it is also a serious problem that many people cannot afford expensive treatment and many do not get to the hospital where they can save their lives. In many hospitals, doctors’ skills are not adequate and there are no drugs or tools for treatment. According to Prince, patients turn to local healers, so it is not clear whether they are the victims of snake-milling and, in most countries, it doesn’t seem to be a serious problem for snake-milling.
According to WHO data, only one-third of the required serum serum serum is currently produced. Treatment is also complicated by the fact that there are many poisonous snails and not all antisera are effective for their milling. In Africa, 90 percent of the antisera in circulation are ineffective according to experts.
There is currently no official international list that lists all the antisera and what kind of snake milling can be handled with them.
However, despite the difficulties, the goal of the WHO for 2030 is unrealistic.
As recalled, in Papua New Guinea, every fourth child killed by a snake in 2003 and now, with effective treatments, less than one death in every fifty snakes is dying. Williams admitted that this number is high, but, as he emphasized, the solution “does not require rocket science”: safe, effective antibodies, trained health workers, communities that recognize and effectively protect the problem.
WHO announces a strategy to curb snoring and injuries caused by snake milling at the May General Assembly in May.