Ichchapuram: Actor and Jana Sena Party supremo Pawan Kalyan on Tuesday made a fervent appeal to the Andhra Pradesh Government to immediately sanction Rs 100 crore for rendering help to those who fell prey to kidney ailments in Uddanam region of Srikakulam district, besides taking up long-term measures to help them out.
Participating in an interactive meeting with the sufferers here, he said it was unfortunate that the people’s representatives from the area did nothing to address the issue.
Uddanam region in the district has been in the grip of kidney diseases, the causes for which have not been identified so far, and a large number of persons have succumbed to the diseases, resulting in many families left in the lurch during the past two decades. The issue had been highlighted in the local media and also at the state level for the past more than a decade but precious little was done tackle the issue comprehensively, though facilities for dialysis had been created in the district.
Mr. Pawan Kalyan announced that he was appointing a committee of doctors working for his party to go into the issue thoroughly by studying the problem with the local doctors and submit a report in 15 days.
Krishna Murthy, a local doctor, briefed on how the diseases were ravaging the place that 1.5 lakh people in 120 villages were affected by it. “There is an urgent need to conduct thorough research into the problem. Similar problems have been faced in some Latin American countries and Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka in association with the WHO has taken up a programme to control such diseases and a similar response is required here from the State Government as well as the Union Government,” he said.
Dr. Krishnamurthy also felt that setting up dialysis centres was not enough, as dialysis would be required only at an advanced stage of the disease. Screening of the people on a large scale in the area should be taken up and steps taken to treat the diseases in the first stage itself.
Earlier, the sufferers poured their woes to Pawan Kalyan who assured them that he would help them out and, if the State Government did not respond positively, he would even launch a struggle in Srikakulam district.