Just 10 anti-venom vials at GMC


The Goa Medical College (GMC) and hospital, Bambolim, is struggling to replenish its stock of anti-venom vials and currently, has just 10 vials-that were borrowed from the directorate of health services.-left.
When contacted, Dr Sunanda Amonkar, medical superintendent of GMC, confirmed that they are still running short on anti-venom vials. The DHS's stock of anti-venom is also on the verge of getting over and only some centers have some vials left, said sources.
While the GMC might have to approach the DHS again once it exhausts its share of vials, the DHS is not willing to reveal the number of vials of anti-venom available at its centers lest GMC demands them.
The quantum of vials to be given to a patient who is bitten by a snake depends on the toxicity in his/her body. "There are no set standards. A patient might come to normalcy with just three or four vials but another might have to be given more," Amonkar said.
Last week, a patient bitten by a snake was sent to the health centre at Betki, Navelim, as GMC had no anti-venom. A senior doctor at GMC suggested that the government should collect all anti-venom vials available at health centers and give it to GMC.
The state is running short of anti-venom in view of the country-wide shortage. When contacted, health minister Laxmikant Parsekar said that efforts are on to secure anti-venom and all options are being explored. [TOI]