Datuk Seri Dr S. Subramaniam said the antivenom or poisonous snake antidote was usually supplied to all government hospitals.
The Health Ministry has given its assurance thatantivenom
is available at all government hospitals in the country.
Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr S. Subramaniam said theantivenom
or poisonous snake antidote was usually supplied to all government hospitals and if stocks had depleted at one hospital, theantivenom
could be obtained from the nearest one.
"So far, the supply ofantivenom
is 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 which
could only be obtainedat
a 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 at
Sekolah Kebangsaan Dato' Hashim 1, Pengkalan Chepa, Kelantan on April 19.READ: Schoolgirl who died of snake biteburied at Che Latiff Muslim CemeteryREAD: Schools, playgrounds prone to snakes during hot weather
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 sign
from 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.Jeyaindran
and Health deputy director-general (Public Health) Datuk Dr Lokman Hakim.