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Herbal antidote for snake-bite

Staff Correspondent

Kannappa says his medicine has saved the lives of many people


Kannappa migrated to Davangere from Chambodu about 40 years ago

He does not demand any fee from the patients




AT WORK:Kannappa giving treatment to a person bitten by snake, at his residence in Bada village near Davangere.

DAVANGERE: The number of deaths due to snake-bite is increasing steadily here. According to the information made available by the Health Department, 18 persons were bitten by snake and at least nine of them died in the last eight months.

In the last 10 months or so, about 200 persons have been saved at the government and private hospitals here.

However, Kannappa of Bada, a village near here, who is also known as “Havina Kannappa”, claims to have saved several victims of snake-bite. “I have inherited this knowledge of preparing an antidote for snake-bite from certain medicinal plants,” he said.

Mr. Kannappa, who migrated to Davangere from Chambodu, a village near Chennai, about 40 years ago, has been treating persons bitten by snakes with herbal medicine for several years now. Mr. Kannappa told The Hindu that he had saved the life of at least 14 persons, who had been bitten by cobra in and around Davangere. “Since the venom of cobra spreads to other parts of the body very quickly, it is imperative that such victims are treated immediately,” he said. He showed certain records and photographs of some persons he had saved with immediate treatment. People from Chitradurga, Shimoga, Belgaum and Bellary also come to him for treatment. Mr. Kannappa said that he was not demanding any fees from the patients. “I accept whatever is paid to me,” he said. At times, he had to fetch the medicinal plants from his native village, Chambodu. Otherwise, he collects the requisite herbs locally.

He has maintained a record of persons treated by him so far. The Bada gram panchayath has allotted him a site. He has appealed to the Government to help him construct a suitable house. .

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