The Praja Rajyam Party (PRP) has urged the State Human Rights Commission (SHRC) to direct the authorities concerned to take immediate measures to check the spread of water-borne diseases in the State.
A delegation of PRP leaders today met SHRC chairperson Justice B Subhashan Reddy and described the prevailing situation in the State as a health crisis.
They said that in the agency areas of Visakhapatnam district 16 tribal deaths had been reported in the last 45 days on account of anthrax. Government records themselves showed that there were 55 cases of anthrax, but adequate measures had yet to be taken, the PRP alleged.
Referring to the Bholakpur incident, the PRP leaders noted that “primitive’’ diseases like cholera had broken out even in the State capital. Several other parts of the city had been affected and the situation was also alarming in Adilabad, Vizianagaram, Srikakulam, Medak, Warangal and Ananthapur. The PRP delegation blamed the government for sheer negligence in checking contamination and in replacing outdated water and sewerage pipes.
Instead of swinging into action, the ministers concerned had gone to the extent of dismissing the crisis as a “routine affair’’ and a political ploy by the Opposition and the media.
PRP leaders P Upendra, C Ramachandraiah and others were part of the delegation which met the SHRC chairperson.
PRP plea to Govt: The State Government should take measures immediately to contain the spread of cholera and gastroenteritis which have assumed epidemic proportions, the Praja Rajyam has demanded.
Speaking to the media here today, party general secretary Vinay Kumar said the government had failed to supply clean drinking water to rural people.
A team of doctors, who included himself, had visited Mandamarri in Adilabad district and found the gastroenteritis patients in a deplorable condition, he said.
Vinay Kumar said that the 10- bed primary health centre was not equipped to serve about 300 patients in the town. As the PHC lacked the essential medicines, his party had supplied medicines and IV fluids worth Rs 1 lakh there, he said.