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CEBU CITY - The Cebu City Zoo worker who was bitten by a cobra, is in a stable condition and may be discharged from the hospital next week, an official of the Cebu City Medical Center (CCMC) said.
Dr. Gloria Duterte, head of the CCMC, said Ronaldo Aventurado has regained strength and can now sit up after getting anti-venom shots.
”By Monday or Tuesday, he might be released from the hospital,” she said.
Aventurado was bitten by a cobra last Tuesday afternoon. The snake was not one of the animals at the zoo.
Aventurado was paralyzed and had difficulty breathing.
He did not immediately receive anti-venom because CCMC or any hospital in Cebu did not have it. The anti-venom had to be flown to Cebu from Camiguin.
Duterte said Aventurado can lift his body and move his hands. He could hardly speak, though.
Zoo manager Giovanni Romarate said the cobra was placed in a glass enclosure and is being taken care of.
Romarate said releasing the snake might result in more people getting injured.
But he said the zoo lacks a facility to house the cobra. He said he asked the City Government to buy a bigger serpentarium.
Meanwhile, Duterte said the CCMC will send four vials of anti-venom to Camiguin to replace the ones given to Aventurado.
The Department of Health sent 15 vials of anti-venom to Cebu City Hall last Wednesday.