Pawan And Harvard Experts Brief AP CM On Uddanam Kidney Diseases Issue
Amaravati: Jana Sena Chief Pawan Kalyan, together with medical experts and professors from prestigious Harvard University, who investigated the prevalence of kidney diseases in Uddanam area of Srikakulam district, has met Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu in Amaravati on Monday. The Chief Minister appreciated Jana Sena chief’s effort in fighting the disease that has been afflicting the people of Uddanam area for the past few decades.
After 2014 elections, the Jana Sena chief visited Uddanam and interacted with victims. He thus gave his voice to victims and placed a few demands before the government, including establishment of dialysis centres in the area to prevent victims from travelling all the way to Visakhapatnam for their dialysis.
While AP government did not do much in the case, except for sending Health Minister Kamineni Srinivas to the area, the Central government acted on Jana Sena demand and sanctioned 18 dialysis centres for the State. It was only then that the State Government opened a dozen dialysis centres in Uddanam area and a few in Prakasam and other places.
The State Government is yet to provide protected drinking water to the victims, though it has announced that free drinking water will be given to the victims under NTR Jala Siri programme.
The mysterious kidney disease was first identified during late YS Rajasekhar Reddy’s regime in 2004. The issue was referred to Harvard University, besides other major health institutions across the country. Rajasekhar Reddy had assigned the task to Dr Ravi Raju, now the vice-chancellor of NTR University of Health Sciences, who had then visited Harvard University too. This is how the Uddanam issue gets its Harvard University connection. But the issued was not pursued further following the death of Rajasekhar Reddy until Pawan Kalyan took it up afresh.
There maybe light at the end of the tunnel with Harvard experts and Pawan Kalyan meeting the Chief Minister on Monday, and the latter promising to take ameliorative measures forthwith.
Humane Approach Needed For Solving Uddanam Kidney Problem
Meanwhile, addressing a symposium in Visakhapatnam on Sunday, the Jana Sena Chief said a humane approach is needed for finding a solution to the chronic kidney diseases prevalent in the Uddanam region. He maintained that any politicisation of the issue will only lead to prolonging of the problem.
“I would like to show a solution to this long pending issue. I will meet the Opposition if the government does not respond to my appeals,” Pawan Kalyan asserted, denying the reports that he was trying to benefit Telugu Desam by his visit to Uddanam region. “Some people fight for caste, others for region or nation. But there is none to fight for humanity,” he remarked.
He thanked all the doctors who visited Uddanam to go into the reasons for high incidence of chronic kidney diseases in the area. A team of doctors from Harvard University, led by Dr. Joseph Bonventre, had earlier visited Uddanam, along with Dr. Sabbisetti on Saturday.
Earlier in the meeting Pawan Kalyan thanked the Harvard doctors’ team and NTR University of Health Sciences Vice-chancellor T. Ravi Raju for their assistance in finding a solution to the problem.