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Maharashtra: Minor boy dies of snake bite in Thane

Updated on: 24 August,2023 04:24 PM IST  |  Thane
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The boy was playing outside his house at Saralgaon in Murbad area on Wednesday when he suffered the snake bite, an official said

Maharashtra: Minor boy dies of snake bite in Thane

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A nine-year-old boy died after being bitten by a snake in Maharashtra's Thane district, police said on Thursday, reported the PTI.

The boy was playing outside his house at Saralgaon in Murbad area on Wednesday when he suffered the snake bite, an official from Murbad police station told the PTI.

The boy was rushed to the public health centre in Saralgaon where doctors declared him brought dead, the official said, as per the PTI.

Local police sent the body to a government hospital for postmortem and registered a case of accidental death, he added.

In an another incident in May, two children have lost their lives as a result of snakebites in separate incidents in Thane and Palghar districts, an official had earlier said.

A 15-year-old boy from Kalyan taluka in Thane succumbed to a snakebite on Thursday, while a seven-year-old girl met the same fate in the tribal Mokhada area of Palghar earlier this week, reported PTI quoting officials.

Meanwhile as per a report in June, fourteen people died in at least 1,118 cases of snake bites in Maharashtra's Raigad district in the last 17 months, officials said.

In light of the rise in incidents of snake bite, people have been advised to go for immediate medical intervention at the nearest hospital instead of consulting quacks or using traditional remedies, an official from the civil hospital said.

A total of 1,118 cases of snake bite were reported in the district from January 1, 2022 to June 3 this year, and 14 persons have died in these incidents, he said.

Most of the cases were reported in Alibag, Panvel, Khalapur, Mahad and Mangaon talukas, the official said, adding that there are 14 locations in the district where treatment for snake bite is available.

In January the Bombay High Court had directed the Maharashtra state government to consider grievances of petitioners to provide compensation to others, apart from farm land owners, who succumb to snake bites. The HC bench of Acting Chief Justice S V Gangapurwala and Justice Sandeep Marne disposed of PIL filed by Vaibhav Kulkarni of NGO Nisarga Vidnyan Sanstha seeking financial aid to all heirs of victims of snake and scorpion bites alleging "discrimination'' in the state's policy that provides aid to agriculturists only.

(with PTI inputs)

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