17 October, 2018
Nay Pyi Taw, 15th October
MYANMAR Snakebite Project, a four-year project aimed at saving the lives of people who die each at the hands of venomous snake bites in Myanmar, officially completed yesterday following the country gained achievements in saving lives and production of anti-venom.
“Thanks to this project, we have witnessed progress in production of anti-venom and save the lives of snakebite victims,” said Union Minister for Industry U Khin Maung Cho at a ceremony to mark the successful completion of the project and opening of the workshop on sustaining the results of the project held at Grand Amara Hotel in Nay Pyi Taw yesterday.
Myanmar, which used to import anti-venom due to insufficiency of the life saving injection, has achieved in production of quality antivenom not only for local distribution but also for export. In his remarks, the Union Minister expressed thanks to the experts of the Royal Adelaide Hospital (RAH) which carried out the project that aided snakebite victims in Myanmar by upgrading care facilities and the quality and availability of antivenom and offered future cooperation in research and development in the sector.
During the Myanmar Snakebite Project 2014-2018, Myanmar could produce antivenom meeting GMP guideline with the aid of Australia experts.
According to statistics in 2016, about 10,000 snakebite incidents occur every year across the country, especially in rural areas, with a morality rate of 10 per cent.— MNA