Staff Reporter

TDP seeks his suspension for his comment that there is no incidence of the disease in Kadapa

KADAPA: CPI(M) district secretary B. Narayana on Tuesday deplored District Medical and Health Officer K. Pitchi Reddy's statement that there was no incidence of chikungunya in the district.Accusing the DMHO of speaking irresponsibly, he resented his claims that chikungunya was a viral fever, which did not require specialised treatment. CITU too decried the DMHO's statement and urged him to clarify facts with Health Minister K. Rosaiah. CITU district president D. Syam and general secretary A. Raghunatha Reddy charged the official with trying to cover up the Government's failure to check the disease. Chikungunya would cause grave hardships to patients, despite claims that it would not cause fatalities, they said.

TDP stages dharna

Meanwhile, Telugu Desam Party functionaries staged dharna before the Collectorate on Tuesday alleging failure of medical and health officials in containing spread of chikungunya. TDP town president Hariprasad lambasted Dr. Pitchi Reddy's remark and sought his suspension. Joint Collector Kanthilal Dande assured the protesters of immediate steps to check chikungunya in the district.