VIZIANAGARAM: Mandangi Hemalatha (22), a housewife, of Gujjupadu village in Kurupam mandal died on Saturday of overdose of E-mol for malaria, according to District Medical and Health Officer Botcha Kasi Naidu. On Monday, he said she had depended on a quack for treatment. Her husband Radhakrishna is a teacher.

Dr. Naidu said that six more deaths of tribals from hilltop villages in Salur mandal were reported during the last 20 days due to malaria fevers. He said that about 70 per cent of tribals inhabiting hilltop villages would not visit primary health centres for unknown reasons and they depended mostly on quacks.

Claiming that the situation in the district was not alarming when compared with the neighbouring Srikakulam and Visakhapatnam districts, the DMHO said that 994 malaria positive cases alone were reported from January to July 17 this year against 1005 cases registered for the same period last year. During the last week (July 11 – 17) 43 cases were registered.

He said that a meeting of doctors in the agency was convened on Wednesday at Parvathipuram to take stock of the situation and also to finalise dates for conducting medical camps at hilltop villages. Dr. Naidu said that 40 per cent of drug supplies were kept at sub-centres and appealed to doctors and medical staff to stay put at their place of posting keeping in view the possible outbreak of epidemics in Agency region during monsoon.

Dr. Naidu said that the Government had issued GO 35 for strict implementation of Nursing Homes Act-2008. According to the Act, each nursing home must register with the DMHO, appoint at least three doctors and a staff nurse for 10 beds besides equipping itself with all infrastructure facilities.