The federal ministry of health has commenced the construction of a new snakebite treatment centre in Sepeteri, Saki east LGA, Oyo state.
The development is coming two months after TheCable published a report highlighting how residents of the community suffer bites from the brown mamba, a specie of snake called ‘paramole’ in local parlance, which had led to the death of some residents.
The snakebite treatment centre in the community was found to be deserted and surrounded by bushes with no medical facility nearby to treat affected residents.
However, during a recent visit to the community, TheCable found that the construction of a new snakebite treatment centre had commenced.
Speaking about the development, Azeez Dansalmah, the community’s secretary, said the construction started after the publication of TheCable’s report.
“The community people send their gratitude to the newspaper. The report shook the authorities and they commenced work on the new snakebite centre immediately after it was published. Thank you for this gesture,” he said.
“As a matter of fact, the building is almost completed. It was your report that got them into action because all of them read it.”