Rs. 720 million to Jhala Nath Khanal Foundation for raising snakes !!!
The 'Jhala Nath Khanal Institute of Health Sciences', named after senior CPN (Maoist) leader Jhala Nath Khanal, is going to raise poisonous snakes on eight and a half bighas of land in Lalbandi of Sarlahi. The institute plans to supply snake venom to India at first and then later set up a lab in Nepal.
The foundation has already signed a Rs. 720 million project with the federal government, state government and Lalbandi municipality for the snake breeding and anti snake venom production project, said Revati Pant, chairperson of the foundation.
According to Pant, the Jhala Nath Khanal Institute of Health Sciences has signed an agreement and has purchased 8 and a half bighas of land in Lalbandi Municipality-1 of Sarlahi and is preparing to raise poisonous snakes there.
He said that the land was purchased through tender at the rate of Rs 3 lakh per Kathha, The land purchased by the foundation has the investment of all three levels of government.
According to the agreement, land has been purchased for the production of 'Anti Snake Venom' and a building will also be constructed, said Chairman Pant. He said that the contract for the construction of the building will be signed by the end of September.
All the structures including the building will possibly be completed within the next two years and snake venom will be produced. He said that the poison produced at the beginning would be sent to a lab in India to make 'Anti Snake Venom' and then a lab would later be set up in Nepal.
Poisonous snake bites kill people every year in the Terai region of Nepal. The anti snake venom used to protect patients from snake bites is made from snake venom. So far, Nepal has not been able to produce anti snake venom and has to depend on India for treatment of snake bites. However, a study conducted by the Ministry of Health at a cost of millions of rupees has concluded that anti snake venom cannot be made in Nepal.