Mukamamidi sarpanch dies of suspected dengue

He was undergoing treatment at a hospital in Hyderabad

Tursam Krishna, the sarpanch of Mukamamidi, a remote tribal village in Mulakalapalli mandal, died of suspected dengue while undergoing treatment at a corporate hospital in Hyderabad late on Tuesday night, his family sources said.

The 35-year-old Adivasi sarpanch had been suffering from high fever and dengue-like symptoms for the last four days. He was referred to a Hyderabad-based corporate hospital by the doctors at a private hospital in Khammam two days ago as his condition worsened, sources close to his family said.

Health officials, however, refused to acknowledge it and reiterated that no dengue death has been reported from anywhere in the district till date in the current monsoon season.

Gloom pervaded the tribal habitation on Wednesday as the body of Krishna arrived in the village in the early hours of the day. Some of the grieving villagers alleged that they had lost their sarpanch due to lack of timely access to diagnostic and emergency medical services in the tribal hinterland. But the health officials concerned rebutted the claims of the villagers saying that the field-level health functionaries have regularly been visiting the remote tribal settlements for providing healthcare services.

When contacted, Naresh, Medical Officer, Mukamamidi health sub-centre, said Krishna had a past history of kidney stone disease. He had undergone a surgery for hydrocele at a private hospital in Bhadrachalam last week. He might have developed fever due to the infected hydrocele, Dr. Naresh said quoting some relatives of the deceased.

The exact reason for his death would be ascertained only after examining all his medical records, the Medical Officer added.

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