Saving Lives In Rural Areas


This can be a fascinating story of an actual hero from Assam, Dr Surajit Giri, a Authorities anesthesiologist who serves in a rural hospital in Assam’s Sivasagar district and has cured greater than 1,200 snakebite victims from throughout the state. For over a decade, Dr.Giri who is named the ‘snake physician’, has been treating snakebite victims in rural Assam and has developed a snake chew ward in a rural hospital, together with a brand new module of snake chew remedy, which until now has a one hundred pc success price.  

It’s busy hours at this rural hospital, the Demow Neighborhood Well being Heart (CHC), in Assam’s Sivasagar district, virtually 400 KM east of Guwahati. 47-year-old Dr. Surajit Giri rushes into a really particular and distinctive ward that exists solely on this rural hospital in all of Assam – the snake chew room. A younger affected person has simply arrived, he has already been administered life-saving medicines by the members of Dr. Giri’s First Response Workforce or  FRT. Dr Giri examines the affected person and finds him to be out of hazard. This snake chew room has all of the life-saving medication, gear, and educated employees to deal with snake bites. This group and the room are the nerve centre of a novel snake chew remedy protocol that Dr. Giri has developed and made operational in 2018.


The ‘Snake-Physician’ has cured greater than 1,200 snakebite victims from throughout the state

“In 2008 one girl, a sufferer of state chew died in entrance of us. We didn’t inject any anti-venom and did not know correct remedy protocols or tips; we referred the affected person to a better centre, on the best way to which she died. We had been moved and determined to take up this problem of saving sufferers with snake bites,” Dr. Giri advised NDTV.  

Since then, until date Dr Giri and his group has handled 760 snakebite sufferers on the CHC with no demise and 100% success price. 

Because the begin of his profession, he has handled greater than 1,200 snakebite sufferers. In 2021 alone, Dr Giri handled 464 sufferers on the CHC. All these as a part of a self-motivated mission of the physician to assist poor individuals get handled for snake bites in authorities hospital with out involvement of ICU or costly medication.

“In India anti-venom is made out of the massive snakes just like the Cobra, Krait, Russel Viper and quick scale Viper. However Russel Viper and short-scale Vipers should not current in Asam, however there’s a large presence of the Pitt Viper from which anti-venom will not be made. So, we got here up with a brand new protocol, established this snake chew room, we now have shaped Venom Response Workforce or the VRT and the FRT. We went to the weak communities and educated individuals on snake bites and created the Venom response group from these individuals,” Dr. Giri additional added.  

Based on Dr. Giri, a affected person bitten by a Pit Viper didn’t reply to 55 anti-venom doses, although there was no coagulation of blood, as a substitute they administer magnesium sulphate with Glycerine, that has labored. They’ve handled Pit Viper bites with out conventional anti-venom with whole success. This protocol has been printed in a peer-reviewed journal on toxicology as properly. For the sufferers, it is a huge respite. 

“I had a snake chew from Pit Viper snake, I had large ache, it occurred at my dwelling, instantly I used to be dropped at this hospital, they handled me so properly that inside 12 days I used to be utterly wonderful,” mentioned snake chew sufferer Karishma Changmei.  

Dr. Giri’s efforts don’t cease at saving lives in the snake chew room, fairly it begins within the rural areas, the villages the place snake bites are widespread, extra so throughout summers. His weekends are by no means about taking a time off, however he makes use of the weekends to prepare consciousness camps on snake bites and promote his VRT mannequin. Attempting to establish volunteers for his venom response group.

“The second we get to find out about snake chew, we rush to the home of the affected person, take a photograph of the wound and the affected person and ship it to the WhatsApp group of the VRT. The physician and his group reply to what must be carried out and we shift the affected person to the hospital,” mentioned one of many VRT group members Partha Nath.  

Nonetheless, the duty will not be solely to battle snake bites but additionally superstitions, the place rural people lose golden hours of remedy by taking the sufferers to quacks. Up to now few years, Dr. Giri has carried out greater than 140 such consciousness camps and the outcomes are rising. 

“Our villages are in backward areas, subsequently, consciousness about snake chew remedy was very much less and we had been depending on quacks however now with the notice camps, the state of affairs has modified and on this space, about 95 per cent of snake chew sufferers go to the Physician’s hospital,” a neighborhood villager from Demow Brajen Phukan advised NDTV. 

For sufferers like Purnima Tanti, who works in a tea backyard close by, being alive is a blessing after being bitten by a cobra. 

“I used to be solely saved due to this physician, my voice had choked, I used to be sinking, tongues had come out, I used to be about to die once they saved me. If I had died my household would have crumbled, as I’m the one breadwinner and my survival was essential” Tanti narrates at her dwelling in a tea backyard in Demow.  

Dr. Giri says that snake chew is a poor man’s ailment and it must be handled in a rural well being facility. In India a median of 58,000 individuals die from snakebites yearly. This provides as much as almost 50 per cent of the worldwide snakebite deaths. Maybe Dr. Giri’s VRT protocol may be a mannequin for a lot of to observe.

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