Over 100 residents, including women and children of Eluru in Andhra Pradesh’s West Godavari district, had to be rushed to a hospital late last night after reportedly falling ill. Those undergoing treatment include residents of Eluru’s North Street, South Street, Arundhatipet and Ashok Nagar areas.
The locals were rushed to the Eluru Government General Hospital in West Godavari district after they complained of headaches, vomiting, giddiness and epilepsy-like symptoms. Doctors say that the patients are now stable. One of them, a young girl has been referred to a hospital in Vijayawada for better treatment.
Initial reports indicate that this could be a case of consumption of contaminated water. However, the same is yet to be confirmed by local authorities.
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Health officials visited the North Street area in order to collect water samples and blood samples to ascertain the cause of this illness. Local authorities are also conducting medical tests in each household in affected areas.
Deputy Chief Minister and state Health Minister Alla Kalikrishna Srinivas rushed to the Eluru Government General Hospital and interacted with the affected individuals. Doctors are trying to explore the cause for this mass illness, he said.
The situation is under control and medical help is being provided to all those in need, Srinivas said adding that medical camps have been set up to provide treatment to patients and door-to-door surveys are being conducted to monitor the health of locals.
In all 227 people, including 46 children, and 76 women were hospitalised and around 70 were discharged after their condition was stable. Five people were shifted to a government hospital in Vijayawada for better treatment. The patients are also being treated in private hospitals, Minister Alla Kalikrishna Srinivas said.
He also added that water samples have been sent for testing to the laboratory and no water pollution has been reported. Blood samples of the patients have been sent to the lab and no viral infections have been detected, the Andhra Pradesh deputy CM said adding that all patients were tested for Covid-19 and all reports were negative.
Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy also inquired about the incident and directed officials to provide all necessary help and treatment to the affected locals.
Meanwhile, TDP chief and former Andhra Pradesh CM N Chandrababu Naidu slammed the YSRCP government for ‘neglecting’ public health which allegedly led to people falling ill in Eluru.