Seasonal diseases on the rise in Kadapa

Seasonal diseases on the rise in Kadapa
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With the arrival of rainy season, the seasonal diseases such as malaria, dengue, diarrhea, typhoid and jaundice have gone up in the district. The government and private hospitals in the district were flooded with patient’s due to lack of proper sanitation, coupled with lack of coordination between the key departments like Medical & Health, Rural Water Scheme (RWS), Panchayath Raj and Municipality.

Kadapa: With the arrival of rainy season, the seasonal diseases such as malaria, dengue, diarrhea, typhoid and jaundice have gone up in the district. The government and private hospitals in the district were flooded with patient’s due to lack of proper sanitation, coupled with lack of coordination between the key departments like Medical & Health, Rural Water Scheme (RWS), Panchayath Raj and Municipality.

Unconfirmed reports said as many as 15 people were died due to dengue, 3 with swine flu and about 10 people were reportedly died with sun stroke across the district. Sources disclosed that more than 10,000 suffering from diarrhea were treated in private and government hospitals including Rajiv Gandhi Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS) in Kadapa city.

According to the sources, 40 per cent of children aged between 4 and 8, and 20 per cent of elders aged between 50 and 65 were suffering with throat infections, and respiratory related diseases. It is learnt that people in several villages were forced to consume contaminated water being supplied through public taps due to leakage of pipelines.

In many mandals, the seasonal diseases were on rise due to sudden changes in the climate coupled with poor sanitary conditions. According to Proddatur Government Hospital Superintendent A Lakshmi Prasad, about 400 to 500 seasonal cases are being reported in the hospital out-patient records.

He said most cases were reported from Rajupale, Duvvuru, Kamalapuram and VN Palle villages in Proddatur rural mandal.
There are 72 PHCs, 430 Sub Centres, 10 Town Health Centres, 12 Community Health Centres and 6 hospitals under Vaidya Vidhana Parishad in the district.

When contacted by The Hans India, DMHO B Rami Reddy said that the department is initiating all precautionary measures to prevent seasonal diseases in the rainy season. He said awareness camps are being conducted in the villages to motivate people to undertake precautionary measures. Adequate stock of medicines was kept at all health centres to meet any eventuality, he added.

By M Srinivasa Rao

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