Kumram Bheem Asifabad: State government came to rescue of over hapless 500 patients of filaria who were leading a pathetic life after being diagnosed with the disease for long time, with Health minister Dr C Laxma Reddy distributing medicines and mosquito nets to victims of parasitic ailment at a programme held at Battupalli village in Kaghaznagar mandal on Thursday.
Laxma Reddy, who was accompanied by Forest and Environment Minister Jogu Ramanna, interacted with some of the patients at the event. They both formally inaugurated the construction of modern toilets for the convenience of the patients, for the first time in the history of State. The gesture will certainly bring respite to the victims of filaria caused by bites of black flies and mosquitoes. The disease can damage lymphatic system.
Speaking on the occasion, the Minister assured that more steps would be taken for preventing the ailment characterized by gross swelling of the legs. He stated that 735 patients were identified to be affected with the disease and out of them 551 were given medicines and nets for free of cost as State government was concerned over health of everybody in particular the economically disadvantaged.
Reddy sought support from local public representatives and authorities in abolishing the menace. He opined that creation of awareness among public over the disease was the need of the hour. He suggested people to have personal hygiene and to keep premises clean. He stated that reforms were taken up in medical and health department.
The health minister further informed that government was likely to offer pensions to the patients. He promised that medical facilities of Sirpur (T) Assembly constituency would be improved by upgrading existing hospitals. He was all praise for Ramanna and local legislator Koneru Konappa for leaving no stone unturned to solve challenges of this region.
Ramanna told Anganwadi workers and Asha activists to strive hard for eradication of seasonal and chronic diseases in rural parts by extensively touring villages and hamlets, as their salaries were hiked by Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao. He stated that State government was setting examples to other states in implementing welfare schemes.
MLA Koneru Konappa, Collector M Champalal, leaders of TRS Kaveti Sammaiah and many others were present.