The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Thursday demanded Governor E.S.L. Narasimhan visit the places affected badly by dengue and other seasonal diseases. It also demanded ex gratia of Rs. 5 lakh for each of the patients who died of malaria, cerebral malaria or dengue.
Senior BJP leader Bandaru Dattatreya addressed a press conference after a visit to the Rajiv Gandhi Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS), Adilabad, and calling on Collector A. Ashok. He said the situation with regard to diseases and the resultant deaths was quite grim in the district though many other districts also reeled under the impact of dengue and other diseases.
Mr. Dattatreya was highly critical of Chief Minister N. Kiran Kumar Reddy and Health Minister D.L. Ravindra Reddy for the present situation. He said despite being a doctor himself, the Health Minister was one of the most unfit and inefficient incumbents.
The BJP leader criticised Mr. Ravindra Reddy for not visiting Kurnool where several persons had died of viral fevers in the recent past.
“The National Commission on Protection of Child Rights in New Delhi was moved by the deaths, but not the Health Minister,” the BJP leader observed.
Among the other demands made by Mr. Dattatreya was release of a white paper on the public health situation, supply of mosquito nets, launch of an awareness campaign on diseases, filling of vacant posts in sanitation and malaria department and strengthening of hospitals from primary health centres by installing the required infrastructure.