A medical team led by an epidemiologist would study, in the next couple of days, the causes that led to the untimely deaths in Rajarajeswaripeta recently.

The Vijayawada Municipal Corporation (VMC) has urged the Siddhartha Medical College to depute a team to study the problems, if any, and the causes that resulted in the death of four persons in less than 24 hours. The team comprising a paediatrician, a specialist in general medicine, a microbiologist and technicians would visit the places where the deaths were reported.

It would randomly pick up the people, who suffered from viral fevers, malaria and so on, and collect the data for analysing the causes. It would also conduct necessary tests on blood, urine and stool, and non-interventional tests like X-ray. The medical history of the patients, their food habits and the environs near their habitations would be studied in detail, officials say. Allu Lavanya, 22, Kuramdasu Kondamma, 65, Rayala Ravanamma, 49, and Nalli Narayanamma, 50, all residents of New Rajarajeswaripeta died in the last week of November reportedly due to viral fevers. The Corporation conducted medical camps at New Rajarajeswaripeta and Ajit Singh Nagar following the hue and cry over the alleged apathy of the officials. As many as 1,158 persons attended the medical camp held at New Rajarajeswaripeta, while 546 people turned up for the one conducted at Ajit Singh Nagar. The doctors screened 66 people from New Rajarajeswaripeta and 31 people from Ajit Singh Nagar for malaria and jaundice.

The doctors found 12 people – nine in New Rajarajeswaripeta and three at Ajit Singh Nagar – suffering from malaria. Though liver function test was conducted on five patients, none of them turned out to be positive. Still, to fix the problem comprehensive tests will be carried out by the medical team, the officials say.

Challenging task

The Corporation also plans to organise two more medical camps at Vambay Colony and L.B.S. Nagar shortly.

It will be a challenging task for the doctors to bring down the number of viral fever cases, as poor sanitation levels and logging of water in the neighbourhood is ubiquitous in New Rajarajeswaripeta area. With the government health machinery not being of help, distress-ridden people in the area, who are unable to afford private health care, are falling victims to viral fevers. CPI(M) city secretary R. Raghu holds the ruling Congress responsible for the sorry state of affairs, saying they have not been able to initiate measures to prevent the spread of diseases. Had the authorities taken steps to provide medical care, these deaths could have been averted, he says.

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