Girl (7) bitten by snake as she herds donkeys



MASVINGO-A seven-year-old girl from Nyazvidzi in Gutu died in three hours after being bitten by a snake while herding donkeys on Saturday last week.

The type of snake is not known but it was black in colour, according to an eyewitness and this is the second person to die in similar circumstances in Nyazvidzi inside two months. There have been several similar fatalities in the area.

Increased cases of fatalities are worsened by the lack of ambulances and drugs at local clinics. The area also has some of the worst roads in the country making it inaccessible by ordinary cars. It is therefore difficult to take relatives to hospitals.

Linda Mahachi was doing Grade 1 at Mutunduru Primary School in Nyazvidzi.

Linda was herding donkeys with Robert, a cousin also in Grade 1 when the snake bit her. She cried out that she had been bitten and Robert told her to jump away as the snake was preparing to strike for the second time.

They ran home and her maternal grandmother, Irene Kandoro took her to a traditional healer because Chatikobo, the nearest clinic is 10km away. She died minutes after taking the herbs.

She was buried at Uchuchu Village under Chief Maburuse in Gutu.

Mahachi appealed to Government to intervene because of escalating snake bite related deaths. He said some people died because it took long to get them to hospitals.

He appealed to Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife to assist in any way they can including creating awareness about snakes.

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