Locals believe that snakebites are due to witchcraft

Alice Nzai’s right leg was amputated following a snakebite when she was 13 years. PHOTO | LEOPOLD OBI | NATION MEDIA GROUP

What you need to know:

  • Dry bite incidences occur when the snake was not prepared to inject its venom.

  • Ms Nzai, a mother of two, was not the last person in Watamu Village, Kilifi County, to be bitten by the noxious vipers.

  • The two are among the 68 percent of Kenyans who visit traditional medicine men when bitten by snakes.

Venomous snake bites can be tragic, resulting in paralysis at times, or permanent disability and in extreme cases, death.


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