Visakhapatnam: Prajarogya Vedika of the CPM has demanded that a health emergency be declared in the Agency region in view of 16 deaths reported in Chaarayi of East Godavari district and eight persons including G Madugula sarpanch M Matsyaraju falling victims to malaria in Visakhapatnam district.
Talking to reporters here on Monday, State convener of the Vedika Ch Narasinga Rao said that eight others from Araku Valley of Visakhapatnam district were suffering from anthrax and undergoing treatment at the King George Hospital in the city. “Also, the first round of malathian spraying was not done in the Visakhapatnam agency. We demand that all primary health centres and community health centres in Agency area should provide round-the-clock services.
Adequate medical staff should be recruited for the purpose and also personnel from other departments be deputed till the fevers subside there,” he said.
The CPM leader also expressed concern over the failure of the State government to take preventive measures though hundreds of people in the agency were dying due to malaria year after year.
“If the government is sincere, can’t it curb the malaria on the same lines as polio? They should stop organising rallies with children and instead take up malaria prevention measures immediately. The government also announced that drinking water would be supplied to agency in the name of NTR Sujala Sravanti. But, so far drinking water has not reached any village there,” he stated.
Narasinga Rao also took serious exception to the remarks of Health Minister Kamineni Srinivas who reportedly asked how the government could provide health care if they lived in hills, and that the 16 people in Chaparayi died because there was no information to the government on malaria there. The government should leave all this vain talk and extend proper medical care to the tribals, he said. CPM district secretary
K Lokanadham was also present.