Lance Corporal Ogah Bercy, one of the most hardworking female Soldier of the Nigerian Airforce met her untimely death in her apartment in the early hours of Friday, 19th November, 2021 when she was bitten by a snake.
It’s unclear which species of cobra it was that bite Bercy as there are three (3) types of of the Cobra species in Nigeria, the Mali cobra, Egyptian cobra, and black-necked spitting cobra.
The reptile appears to be a black-necked spitting cobra based on the footage of it being extracted. This is one of Nigeria’s most dangerous species. It can reach a length of 4 to 7 feet.
Snake bites are classified as a neglected tropical illness by the World Health Organization. Every year, an estimated 5.4 million people are bitten, resulting in 81,000 to 138,000 deaths. As a result of bites, three times as many people require amputations or are permanently disabled. In Africa, between 435,000 and 580,000 snake bites require medical attention each year.
In Nigeria, snake bites are a major public health concern. On International Snakebite Awareness Day in September, 2021, Health Minister, Adeleke Olorunnimbe Mamora estimated that up to 20,000 individuals get bitten in Nigeria every year, resulting in 2,000 fatalities and 2,000 amputations.