A Burmese monk from Ye Oo, Sagaing Division wants to know about antidote for a snakebite.
Dr. Alice Khin Saw Win, Alberta, Canada answers as follows: Take the snakebite victim to the nearest health care center or hospital as soon as possible. Try not to shake the part of area of the snakebite. Clean with spirit or tincture around that area and squeeze the blood out of that spot. It is not necessary to suck it out. Leave as is if you do not know how to tie the bandage properly.
If possible, please bring the snake who bit the victim or describe the snake if seen. If not, health care workers or doctors can verify the snake by looking at the symptoms. Hospital will care for the victim by slowly giving an antidote injection. Since the snakebite antidotes are very strong, one must be prepared for a life saving injection in case of an emergency. It is important for the antidote to be fresh. Please do not hesitate and look for other kinds of antidote rather than taking the victim to the nearest hospital immediately after the incident.
A 74-year old member of NLD, Irrawaddy Division, described the plight of ordinary peoples' lives under the military regime from 1962 to present days.
He joined the NLD party to get involved in the democracy movement, hoping to bring about change and to live without fear. He wrote that most NLD members throughout the country suffer the pain of the regime’s suppression. Inflation and sky rocketing prices make their lives miserable. Moreover it is really hard to get a job and he must rely on his religious beliefs for comfort.