Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom revealed that he has spent N680 million treating victims of snakebite in the State, in the last 22 years.
This is contained in the checks conducted by the State Ministry of Health and Human Services.
The Governor, who has personally maintained a retainership with Bishop Murray Hospital Makurdi for the free treatment of snakebites since the year 2000, said this on Tuesday, during a meeting with MINDA PDP Elders Forum.
The MINDA consists of people from Masev, Ihyarev and Nongov Development Association and comprises of Guma, Makurdi, Gwer-East and Gwer-West.
The Governor, added that due to the increasing costs this has placed on him, he had sought the approval of the Benue State executive council for the State government takes over the scheme since it had overwhelmed him financially.