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Kaltungo is a Local Government Area of Gombe StateNigeria. Its headquarters are in the town of Kaltungo in the west of the area on the A345 highway at 9°48′51″N 11°18′32″E. It has an area of 881 km² and a population of 149,805 at the 2006 census. The postal code of the area is 770.

The people of Kamo/Awak of Kaltungo Local Government Area of Gombe State have a rich cultural status. The Kamo Cultural Festival, which is an annual event celebrated before the rainy season every year, around April and May, by the Kamo and Awak ethnic groups of Kaltungo Local Government Area.

They are united in peace and harmony as well by celebrating their rich colourful cultural dances and music. Kamo and Awak ethnic groups deserves support for their unrelenting efforts towards preserving their cultural heritage for posterity as well as encourage the younger ones to take pride in preserving their culture as it is their identity.

In the past the general hospital in Kaltungo served snakebite victims from Duguri District, Alkaleri LGA, Bauchi State, after a flood along the River Benue in October 2012 resulted in a large increase in the population of venomous snakes. A July 2013 report indicated that over 200 people in Duguri District had died of snakebite; “whoever is lucky to make it to Kaltungo is treated in only two days and then they return home. Presently it is estimated that five million people worldwide got bitten by snakes every year. At least 100,000 people died annually, while over 300,000 amputations and other permanent disabilities occurred from snakebite complications each year.

IIMGC strongly believes that global warming is also playing a major role in the increase of flooding and tree felling, as well as loss or deterioration of habitats which are on the increase due to farming etc.

Sadly most Snake bite victim are bread winners.

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