Tantrik in hospital to provide ‘additional treatment’ to snakebite patient

Dhenkanal: Family members of a youth bitten by snake on Tuesday engaged a sorcerer to provide some ‘additional treatment’ at the Kamakhyanagar hospital in the district.  The youth, Sanjay Nayak of Baisinga under Kamakhyanagar was admitted to the hospital after being attacked by a venomous snake.

Although the doctors treated Sanjay, his family members sought help from a sorcerer from the nearby village. The sorcerer chanted mantras and conducted prayers inside the hospital premises as part of the healing ritual.

“My son was bitten by a venomous snake. The doctors at the hospital gave him injection and other medicines but we also called the sorcerer to perform some additional treatment,” said Sanjay’s mother, Parei Nayak. Sanjay was later discharged from the hospital.

On August 28, family members of Jhuna Bhutia of Mamuria village, who was admitted to Chhendipada Community Health Centre (CHC) in Angul district after being bitten by a snake, had called up a black magician to heal her.