Outbreak of viral fevers in several villages of Santakaviti, Regidi, Ponduru, and Narasannapeta mandals has put district medical and health officials on tenterhooks.
Govindapuram, Ambhakandi, Chinakotturu, Urlam, and Madapam Modalavalasa have been identified as ‘very sensitive’ with cases of malaria being reported. Kavarna Maheswara Rao of Rajam mandal and Kintali Lakshmi in Modalavalasa of Ponduru mandal died of malaria two days ago.
Though officials deny outbreak of dengue, a few cases had reportedly come to light a couple of days ago. Senior medical officials have been sent to the villages to monitor the situation. Villagers allege that medical and health staff did not visit remote villages and it led to spread of viral diseases.
As government hospitals are not equipped to tackle the cases, many patients are forced to depend on the corporate hospitals in the district headquarters.
According to official reports, around 34,400 cases of fever have been identified in the last three months, 625 of them malaria.
District Medical and Health Officer M. Sarada told The Hindu that there was no panic situation as the administration had taken all steps to control seasonal diseases. She claimed that no deaths were reported, including at Govindapuram, as reported in a section of the media. “Compared to last year, the situation is under control. We are requesting the villagers to do their bit by keeping their surroundings clean,” she said.
Meanwhile, BJP district president Tankala Durga Rao alleged that the government has failed to provide timely medical relief at Govindapuram and other places. “The government should have taken adequate steps before the spread of seasonal diseases in the agency area and other remote places,” he added.