Srikakulam district is reeling under seasonal diseases, causing panic among many villagers. Some 200 cases of viral fevers have been reported in many villages. Cases of chikungunya, diarrhoea and dengue have also been reported from various places.

The district administration has claimed that only 12 dengue cases were reported in the district recently and all the patients had recovered from the disease. Several people in Ragolu village on the outskirts of Srikakulam town have been suffering from diarrhoea. Dengue cases have been reported in Marripadu village of Uddanam region. Chikungunya cases have been identified in Budatavalasa of Laveru mandal. Dengue cases caused tension among the people of Neelapuram of Laveru mandal.

Officials’ assurance

Officials said that there was no need to panic about dengue cases, adding that only private hospitals were misleading patients. Despite claims of the district medical and health authorities, patients are moving around private hospitals with dengue symptoms. Srikakulam District Medical and Health Officer R.Geetanjali said that the government would initiate stern action against the private hospitals which are troubling patients by giving ‘positive’ reports over dengue cases. “A private hospital in Palasa gave false reports on dengue. I will visit the hospital tomorrow and take necessary action if the allegation is proved,” she told The Hindu.

Officials observed that sanitation situation was badly affected in rural areas with the staff participating in the Samaikyandhra agitation. The recent strike of electricity employees had affected the water supply to many villages. With this, many villagers were forced to drink contaminated water, leading to spread of diarrhoea cases. Srikakulam Collector Saurabh Gaur directed the officials to concentrate on seasonal diseases while asking medical officers and staff to stay at their respective postings.