Snake scare stares at CM’s plantation drive
Forest Department workers engaged in the plantation of 550 saplings in each of the 13,000-odd villages of Punjab to commemorate the 550th birth anniversary celebrations of Guru Nanak Dev are at their wits end, not knowing how to deal with the scourge of snakebites.
This development may force the department to call of the work if the state government is unable to provide gloves, boots and medical aid in the form of anti-snake venom.
Last week, labourer Narinder Singh, while planting a sapling in Kalanaur, was bitten by a snake on his foot following which he was admitted to the government dispensary for eight days. Citing their inability to treat him, doctors shifted him to an Amritsar hospital where he died two days later.