A 39 year old man from Twamakaa hills in Kivaa location,Kivaa ward of Masinga subcounty in Machakos was bitten by a poisonous snake over a week ago.
Kisoi Nzola, who was the first born of Mzee Nzola Kimina was bitten on his right leg while looking after his cattle by a reptile identified as a black mamba by villagers
After the bite, his family members rushed him to Kaewa health centre,Kivaa level 3 hospital,then Matuu level 4 where all these heath facilities lacked anti venom drugs and was transferred to Kitui level 4 hospital where he received treatment though delayed, Kisoi died hours later. He was laid to rest on Wednesday [8/5/2019] in a very sorrowful send off .
Kivaa Member of County Assembly, Justus Kiten’gu , led a group of Kenya Wildlife Service [KWS] and National Museum officers to the hills in haunt for the killer reptile.
Although pursue for the poisonous black mamba is underway, the specific snake was not seized that particular day but they took with them several poisonous snakes which have also been causing a stir in the area.
According to the county legislator, several lives have been lost in the area following noxious snake bites. MCA Justus called on the Machakos county government to equip hospitals with anti venom drugs to help save lives lost due to venomous snake bites.
“The county government of Machakos through the Health ministry should fully furnish all health facilities with snake bite antidotes to help curb number of lives lost prematurely,” said the member of county assembly.
The Wiper party elected county legislator also called upon residents to be offering timely information to local leaders once they spot deadly snakes among other wild animals for them [leaders]to be informing KWS officers to take the immediate necessary action.
In his view, wildlife is important for it promotes tourism but peaceful coexistence is paramount. Victims injured or killed by wild animals should be compensated including those who suffer snake bites.
“I plead with the national assembly to reinstate the motion on compensation of victims of snake bites for instance, in the case of late Kisoi Nzola, he has left behind a young family that needs to feed ,clothe and children needs education and was a sole bread winner,” pleaded the vocal MCA.