Snakebite in bedroom kills a physician in Cameroon: a case report

  • Armand Nkwescheu
  • Leopold Cyriaque Donfack Mbasso
  • Franky Baonga Ba Pouth
  • Anastase Dzudie
  • Serge Clotaire Billong
  • Hermann Ngouakam
  • Joseph Le Doux Diffo
  • Hanny Eyongorock
  • Wilfred Mbacham

Abstract

The World Health Organization (WHO) classifies snake bites as neglected public health problem affecting mostly tropical and subtropical countries. In Africa there are an estimated 1 million snake bites annually with about half needing a specific treatment. Women, children and farmers in poor rural communities in developing countries are the most affected. Case management of snake bites are not adequate in many health facilities in developing countries where personnel are not always abreast with the new developments in snake bite management and in addition, quite often the anti-venom serum is lacking. We report the case of a medical doctor bitten by a cobra in the rural area of Poli, Cameroon while asleep in his bedroom. Lack of facilities coupled with poor case management resulted ina fatal outcome.

The Pan African Medical Journal 2016;24

Author Biographies

Armand Nkwescheu
Cameroon Society of Epidemiology, CaSE, Cameroon; Faculty of Medicine and Biomedical Science, University of Yaoundé I, Cameroon; Division of Health Operations Research, Ministry of Public Health of Cameroon, Cameroon; Laboratory of Public Health for Research Biotechnologies, Biotechnology Center, UY I, Cameroon
Leopold Cyriaque Donfack Mbasso
Faculty of Medicine and Biomedical Science, University of Yaoundé I, Cameroon; Expanded Program of Immunization, Ministry of Public Health of Cameroon, Cameroon; Central Africa Field Epidemiology and Laboratory Training Program (CAFELTP), Cameroon
Franky Baonga Ba Pouth
Cameroon Society of Epidemiology, CaSE, Cameroon; Expanded Program of Immunization, Ministry of Public Health of Cameroon, Cameroon; Central Africa Field Epidemiology and Laboratory Training Program (CAFELTP), Cameroon; Centre Régional de Prévention et la Lutte contre les Epidémies pour le Centre (CERPLE- C), Cameroon
Anastase Dzudie
Department of Medicine, Douala General Hospital, Douala, Cameroon
Serge Clotaire Billong
Faculty of Medicine and Biomedical Science, University of Yaoundé I, Cameroon; National AIDS Control Committee of Cameroon, Central Technical Group, Cameroon
Hermann Ngouakam
Cameroon Society of Epidemiology, CaSE, Cameroon; Synergies Africaines pour les Souffrances contre le SIDA, Yaoundé, Cameroon,
Joseph Le Doux Diffo
Cameroon Herpetology, Conservation Biology Foundation (CAMHERP-CBF), Cameroon; Global Viral Cameroon (GVC), Cameroon
Hanny Eyongorock
National Medical Council of Pharmacists of Cameroon(ONPC), Cameroon; Directorate of Pharmacy, Medicines and Laboratory, Ministry of Public Health of Cameroon, Cameroon
Wilfred Mbacham
Cameroon Society of Epidemiology, CaSE, Cameroon; Faculty of Medicine and Biomedical Science, University of Yaoundé I, Cameroon
Published
2016-09-20
Section
Articles

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