Nigeria’s minister of state for health, Olorunnimbe Mamora, has said an average of 20,000 cases of snake bites are recorded in Nigeria every year.
Mr Mamora disclosed this at a press briefing to mark the 2021 International Snakebite Awareness Day (ISBAD) in Abuja on Monday.
He said about 2,000 people die from snakebites annually and over 1,700 lose their legs or arms as a result of snake bite.
Since 2018, International Snakebite Awareness Day is commemorated on September 19 every year, representing an opportunity to raise awareness of one of the world’s biggest hidden health crises.
Snake bite particularly affects the most vulnerable members of society – often those living in remote rural areas, according to the World Health Organisation (WHO).