In a recent email survey that was conducted on 1,000 graduates, with equal participation of both males and females, in ten developing and ten developed countries it was found that close of 870 individuals did not know what an antivenin is. It may be mentioned here that antivenin is an antiserum containing antibodies against specific poisons, especially those in the venom of snakes, spiders and scorpions.
Ignorance is not always bliss. One can easily make out the level of awareness amongst the underprivileged masses in case graduates are not acquainted of what an antivenin is. It is alarmingly high time that the pharma-manufacturers, physicians, hospitals and research institutes must join hands spreading awareness regarding snakebites and the curative steps that need to be followed in wake of such occurrences.
Spreading awareness will not boost sales, but will certainly save some crucial life-saving minutes leveraging those providing medical assistance a better chance of victim-survival. That apart, imparting rescue tactics to the volunteers interested in snake rescue will also help conserving biodiversity of which snakes form an intrinsic part.