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Rashmi Ranjan

Manjula, the nine-year-old girl from  Balijhor village under Raighar block of Nabarangpur district who has been suffering from agonising pain after being bitten by a cobra was admitted to SCB Hospital in Cuttack on Wednesday.

According to sources, Manjula was shifted to the health institute from the district headquarters hospital of Koraput.

A team of doctors from Surgery, Plastic Surgery and Cardiothoracic departments will treat the minor girl at the premier hospital, informed SCB Emergency Officer Dr Bhubanananda Moharana.

“Professor Jayant Kumar Biswal from Surgery department, Dr Bibhuti Nayak from Plastic Surgery department are looking after Manjula. All efforts will be given to save the hand of the girl which is decaying following the snake bite,” Mohanrana said.

“As per the directive of State government and Hospital administration, Manjula will be provided treatment free of cost,” the emergency officer added.

Notably, Manjula had been bitten by a cobra while she was playing near her residence a month back.

Manjula’s father Sunadhar took her for treatment at the Umerkote CHC, Nabarangpur and later to a hospital in Koraput. The doctors at the Koraput hospital advised the family to get the girl admitted to MKCG hospital in Berhampur for further treatment. However, acute shortage of funds came in the way of the treatment of the poor girl.

Later, her condition slipped from bad to worse. The neurotoxin venom injected by the cobra has caused massive damage to her body tissues making one of her hands suffer decay.

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