Mysterious disease: Naidu reiterates demand for ‘health emergency’ in Eluru

Vijayawada, Dec 9 (UNI) Telugu Desam Party National President and former Chief Minister
N Chandrababu Naidu reiterated the demand for ‘health emergency’ in Eluru city, where
one person died and hundreds of people fell ill with mysterious disease, so that all
necessary steps could be taken to create confidence among the people and the patients.
In a letter to Chief Minister Y S Jaganmohan Reddy here on Wednesday, Mr Naidu said there
were rising fears over the presence of heavy metals like lead and nickel in the drinking water.
The government should immediately address these concerns and ensure proper drinking water
supply through mobile mineral water plants, he said. Stating that the general public were under grip of constant fear, the former Chief Minister expressed concern that the presence of heavy metals would have a serious impact on the health of pregnant women, children and the aged people. Hence, every resident in the city should be
given electronic health cards and every patient should be monitored on a long-term basis, he
said. The TDP Chief expressed serious concern over the rising cases in Eluru. Over six to seven
hundred people had fallen sick and were admitted to hospitals in just five to six days.
Alarmingly, the symptoms of the patients were changing each day. There were increasing fears
over lack of immediate reasons for the mass affliction in the city, he regretted.
Expressing anger over the Jagan Mohan Reddy headed YSRCP regime for not opening a
‘helpline’ for the victims in Eluru, the leader of opposition demanded that a special control room
should be set up immediately. “The best medical care should be provided to all those patients who have similar symptoms like fits, frothing, fatigue. ‘Quick response teams’ should be formed. There was a need for an urgent
relief and assistance mechanism”, Mr Naidu said.