The Health Ministry has given its assurance thatantivenomis available at all government hospitals in the country.

Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr S. Subramaniam said theantivenomor poisonous snake antidote was usually supplied to all government hospitals and if stocks had depleted at one hospital, theantivenomcould be obtained from the nearest one.

"So far, the supply ofantivenomis adequate and the ministry will increase it if necessary," he told a press conference after opening the Asia Dengue Conference 2016 here, Saturday.

Dr Subramaniam was commenting on a report in a local dailyyesterday whichalleged thatsupplyofantivenomcould only be obtainedata government hospital in Kajang and the antidote had a very short expiry date.

The report was carried out following the death of a Standard One pupil who was bitten by a poisonous snake when playing in a garden in front ofthe her class atSekolah Kebangsaan Dato' Hashim 1, Pengkalan Chepa, Kelantan on April 19.

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Meanwhile, at the same press conference, Dr Subramaniam said the total number of fatalities due to dengue fever fell to 94 from January to April 22 this year as compared to 119 deaths during the same period last year.

"This ispositive signfrom the Clinical Practice Guidelines (CPG) on Management of Dengue which came into force in September last year," said Dr Subramaniam.

He said the ministry would continue to work hard to ensure the number of dengue fatalities continued to fall.

Also present were Health director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah, Health deputy director-general (Medical) Datuk Dr S.Jeyaindranand Health deputy director-general (Public Health) Datuk Dr Lokman Hakim.