Nalgonda: The villagers of Chandupatla village of Nakrekal mandal were jubilant over the announcement of Rs 1,000 pension for filariasis patients by Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao. Of the 4,000 residents of Chandupatla village, located 35 km from the district headquarters, more than 300 are suffering from filariasis that literally crippled the lives of infected people. The disease is widespread in the village with areas of Vaddera Basthi, Thoorpu Bazar and Grama Panchayat office streets, every house has a filariasis patient.
The stories of the filariasis patients in the village were a testimonial for how the disease would affect the lives of infected people.
K Gangadhara Chary, a resident of Chandupatla village was earlier a driver with the RTC at the Hayathnagar depot but he was removed from the job on the medical grounds after getting infecting with filariasis disease resulting in one of his legs becoming not fit for driving. After he lost his job, he has been eking out livelihood by running a small grocery shop in the village.
Speaking to Telangana Today, Gangadhara Chary said that the disease has severely impacted his family as he was unable to do any work. In addition, the monthly medication bill alone amounts to Rs 500 to Rs 1,000. He said that he also suffers from frequent bouts of fever due the disease. Another filariasis patient Narsingha Yadaiah has become handicapped as one of his legs infected with filarial virus, was amputated.
V Laxmamma, another patient said because of the disease, she was forced to get prepared different sizes of anklets. The disease has also stopped her from going for agricultural work.
Tanguturi Saiadulu of Vivekananda Youth Association, who has been campaigning for pension for filariasis patients, told that they have submitted a list of 300 patients from village to the government a decade ago, but never received any response. “We are very happy that Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao has announced Rs 1,000 per month to fliariasis patients.
Filariasis pension should be given exemption from one pension rule as majority of the patients would fall under the age of above 50. The diseases also results in an increase in living expenditure of the aged as they required to mandatorily use medicines for the disease,” he said.
According to official figures, there are 2,300 filariasis patients in the erstwhile Nalgonda district.