Wahid, casual labourer in Awantipora Forest Division, is undergoing treatment at SKIMS
Pampore: A casual labourer was hospitalized after bitten by a snake while working in the forest division Awantipora on Thursday.
Wahid Ahmad Ganaie, son of Ghulam Mohi-Ud-Din Ganaie, resident of Khunmoh Srinagar, was performing his routine duties as a forest labourer. Engaged in his tasks, he encountered a snake, resulting in a venomous bite.
Swift action by his colleagues proved instrumental, as they promptly rushed to his aid and swiftly transported him to the nearest medical facility. From there, he was referred to SMHS and subsequently to SKIMS, where he is currently undergoing treatment for the snakebite.
Ishfaq Ahmad, the Main Ranger of Range Office Pampore, disclosed to Kashmir Reader that casual laborers had been assigned to perform bowing and bedding work at Forest Division Awantipora. “They were suddenly confronted by a snake, which bit Wahid Ahmad on his finger,” he reported.
“The Forest Department in Awantipora acted swiftly, taking him to the health center, where he received immediate medical attention. Later, he was transferred to SDH Pampore, and I personally accompanied him,” he said.
The doctors at SDH Pampore referred him to SMHS hospital, and upon his arrival there, the SMHS medical team further referred him to SKIMS Soura Srinagar, the Range Officer said, adding that the snake species is yet to be identified, but at SKIMS Soura, he received five injections, which provided significant relief.
Speaking from his hospital bed at SKIMS Soura, Wahid informed Kashmir Reader over the phone about the incident. “Today, we received an official order from the Forest Division Awantipora to replace damaged containers of various saplings in a nursery. While I was working, a snake or a venomous creature, approximately 3 feet long, bit my left hand. I promptly informed my fellow workers about the incident. They quickly took me to the PHC Awantipora, from where I was referred to SDH Pampore,” he said.
He added, “The doctors there further referred me to SMHS, where my initial checkup revealed a blood pressure of 80/60. I was then transferred to SKIMS, where I am currently admitted. I received an initial injection, followed by 5 snakebite injections along with glucose. I am glad to report that my condition is steadily improving compared to earlier.”