Hyderabad: The annual affair of administering ‘fish prasadam’ (medicine), will begin on ‘Mrigasira Karthi’ Day at Exhibition Grounds in Nampally on June 8 and will be conducted for a marathon 24 hours. The medicine, which claims to cure asthma and respiratory illnesses, will be administered to asthma patients free of cost by the Bathini family. The State government is making elaborate arrangements including the supply of fishlings for the event.
Reviewing the arrangements at the Secretariat on Wednesday, Animal Husbandry and Fisheries Minister Talasani Srinivas Yadav said in view of an increasing number of patients attending the annual event from different parts of the country including Telangana and Andhra Pradesh, the State government was prepared to deploy more resources and ensure that people have a hassle-free stay at the venue. “Special counters will be arranged for VIPs to avoid any inconvenience to regular patients receiving the medicine from the Bathini family who are administering it for the last 173 years,” he said.
The Minister suggested for preparing an action plan by the officials of Revenue, Police, Health, Fisheries, Roads and Buildings, Electricity, Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) and Hyderabad Metropolitan Water Supply and Sewerage Board (HMWSSB). He recommended for deploying more than 110 RTC special buses for benefit of patients from various parts of the city. The Fisheries department made arrangements to supply around 1.3 lakh fishlings free of cost for administering fish medicine.
While the GHMC will handle sanitation, the HMWSSB is preparing an action plan to distribute about three lakh water packets for patients waiting in the queue lines at the venue. The Health Department is deploying at least four ambulances and a medical camp with the emergency medical facility, while the Roads and Buildings department will arrange for lighting and generators in coordination with the Electricity department. Several non-governmental organisations (NGOs) agreed to supply food and water packets for patients at the venue.