The Deputy Chief of staff of the Republic of Ghana, Lawyer Abu Jinapor has donated one hundred viles of anti snake vernon to the West Gonja hospital in Damango.
The donation was done on his behalf by the West Gonja Constituency Secretary of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Mr Karim Kusubari, the Constituency Communication Director, Mr Iddrisu Lamin and the Aid to the deputy Chief of staff Mr Manuel Quaye.
Handing over the vaccines to the hospital, Mr Kusubari said the Deputy Chief of Staff had appealed to the hospital to administer the vaccine to affected persons free of charge irrespective of the political affiliation of the victim.
According to him, Lawyer Jinapor’s attention was drawn to the shortage of the vaccines in the hospital following an appeal for funds launched by Bole based Nkilgi FM on Tuesday to support a Primary 5 pupil of the Tailorpe Primary School, Tahiru Aisha to get treatment for a snake bite.
Little Aisha was bitten by a snake last Saturday when she went to pick sheanuts with her parents in the bush but was unable to raise Gh1200.00 to buy the anti snake vaccines for treatment.
Aisha was currently on admission at the West Gonja Hospital receiving treatment with Lawyer Jinapor footing the bills.
Receiving the drugs on behalf of the West Gonja Hospital, the Medical Director of the facility, Dr Saadare Anlaagmen praised the Lawyer Jinapor for his intervention especially at this time of the year that the hospital was recording more cases of snake bites.
Dr Saadare said what the government supplies to the hospital were not enough to meet the demand of the people.
He said patients therefore had to buy the vaccines from drug stores in the open market with each vaccine costing Gh₵300.00.
Dr Saadare, however, appeal to appeal to Lawyer Jinapor and other well-meaning Ghanaians to come to the aid of the hospital by providing with more anti snake vaccines to cushion the burden on the people.
A total of 50 cases of snake bites had so far been recorded in the West Gonja Hospital with one death this year, with the number expected to rise because of the farming and sheanuts picking season still in progress.
Meanwhile, lawyer Jinapor had promised to make similar donations to hospitals in the Savannah region in the coming days.
Bole Hospital has been earmarked to receive some the vaccines.