Soon, National Poison Research Centre to be set up in Mumbai’s Haffkine Institute

Every year, India witnesses around two lakh cases of snakebites. And around 50,000 people die due to the snakebite in the country. In Maharashtra, over 33,000 cases of snakebites have been recorded in 2017

Soon, National Poison Research Centre to be set up in Mumbai’s Haffkine Institute

  • Soon, a National Poison Research Centre will be set up at Mumbai’s Haffkine Research Institute.
  • Maharashtra witnesses highest number of deaths due to the snakebite in the country.
  • The union government has accepted the proposal to erect a special snake poison research centre in the Haffkine Institute
  • Researchers will study different snake species and their poison in this Research Centre.

While speaking to My Medical Mantra, Dr Nishigandha Naik, Director of the Haffkine Institute, said, “There are over 300 different species of snakes found in India. Out of which, around 55 species are poisonous. In India, around 50,000 people die due to the snakebite every year. To study different species of snakes, we had sent a proposal to the union government to construct a special research centre in Haffkine Institute. The union government has accepted our proposal.”

Dr Naik further added, “Currently, number of studies are going on at the Haffkine Institute on snake poison. But, many times the poison, which we get to study, is adulterated as we procure it from outside. With the research centre in place, we can easily find out the level of adulteration in the snake poison.”