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Posted by Wes von Papinešu on February 16, 2001 at 10:12:39:
THE NAMIBIAN (Windhoek) 16 February 01 Snakes strike in North (Oswald Shivute)
Oshakati: Four villagers from the Ohangwena region have recently been admitted to Eenhana hospital suffering from snake bites.
* Shipunda NdadiIsabela Naghama (70) from Ondingwanyama village was bitten on February 8 inside her house.
She woke up in the night to relieve herself and was bitten on the right foot.
The snake was later killed by family members who woke up when she started shouting.
* Simion Paulus (25) from Omhedi was also bitten on her right foot by a snake while she sitting at home on the evening of February 8 this year.
* Linea Mokahwa (19) from Epinga village was bitten by a snake on her left foot on February 9.
* Linea Shimweefeleni (42) was bitten on February 10 on her right foot - also at Epinga.
Shimweefelni's leg is still badly swollen, but the other victims are all recovering from their bites.
All four snakes were later killed, but Paulus was the only victim who brought the dead reptile to the hospital.
Senior Primary Health Care Nurse in the Eenhana Health District, Fransina Ndadi, appealed to villagers who are bitten to bring the snake, if it has been killed, to the hospital as it will help doctors to treat the bites and to know which types of snake are prevalent in different areas.
Ndadi also called on people to be very careful when walking through thick bushes and to use lights or torches when moving around at night.
She said children should be warned about the dangers posed by snakes.