Congress demands health emergency
- Leaders tour dengue-hit areas in Khammam Dt
Khammam: Demanding the state government to declare health emergency immediately, the Congress party has alleged that the state and Central governments were least bothered about the deaths caused by dengue and malaria.
The demand followed a visit by AICC secretary RC Khuntia and TPCC working president Mallu Bhatti Vikramarka to Bonakal mandal in Khammam district where a large number of dengue deaths took place. They visited Ravinuthala village on Saturday, where the highest number of dengue deaths were recorded, and consoled the families of the deceased. They also consoled hundreds of dengue patients undergoing treatment at Bonakal Hospital.
Later, Khuntia alleged that Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao was busy with surveys and awards forgetting the welfare of the people. “According to official records, 21 people died in Bonakal mandal alone and hundreds of people died across the state and thousands more were taking treatment for dengue fever”, he contended.
The Chief Minister and Health Minister have failed to initiate steps to curb the dengue deaths in Telangana state, he alleged and stated that AICC chief Sonia Gandhi and AICC vice-president Rahul Gandhi had sent him to visit dengue patients in Khammam district after the issue was brought to their notice by TPCC working president Mallu Bhatti Vikramarka. Khuntia said that he will submit a report on the issue to Sonia and Rahul Gandhi. The Congress party will bring the issue in the ensuing Parliament session, he said.
He demanded the government to pay Rs.20 lakh ex-gratia to the bereaved families and conduct special medical camps at dengue-hit places and provide mosquito nets to the people.
Bhatti ridiculed that the ‘Banagaru Telangana’ has turned into ‘Fever Telangana’ under the leadership of K Chandrasekhar Rao.