The sting of a scorpion must be excruciatingly painful. Anyone who has ever had one says so, and the patients who come to the IPD, well, grown women cry!
The treatment is an injection of local anaesthetic and painkillers.
There are a lot of scorpions in Lankien. You see them around the compound sometimes; it is best to watch your step, always use a flashlight and check your shoes when you get up at night to go to the latrine.
Scorpions have eight legs and a long tail that contains the sting. Most of the time they only cause temporary symptoms (hours to days) at the site of the bite, but in children they can cause serious illness and even death. One father told us a terrible story: A scorpion bit his newborn child shortly after she was delivered onto the blanketed floor of the family tukul. The child died within an hour of her birth.