Hyderabad: T The State government is planning to give pension to people affected by filariasis in the State, Medical and Health Minister Dr C Laxma Reddy said here on Wednesday.
Responding to a question raised by Dr J Geetha Reddy and other members in Legislative Assembly, the Minister said the spread of filariasis in the State had come down after the formation of Telangana State. “We have been taking due care to prevent spread of diseases in the State by carrying out mass drug administration programmes,” Reddy said.
Considering the difficulties of filarialsis-affected patients, the Minister said the department, with the approval of government, has started encouraging use of western toilets and providing financial assistance to procure the same. Stating that it was a long pending proposal to give pensions to filarialsis patients, he said the previous governments in undivided Andhra Pradesh failed to even consider it. “We brought it to the notice of Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao and soon a decision would be taken to distribute pension to filarialsis patients,” the Minister said, adding that old cases of filariasis are being reported as new cases in some districts such as Jagtial (6,463), Siddipet (5,196), Suryapet (4,587) and Khammam (2,886). The department is ensuring proper treatment at regular intervals.
Unlike erstwhile governments where only hospitals were sanctioned and posts were kept vacant, the Chief Minister has decided to sanction new hospitals along with total required medical staff.