On Friday, almost 25 residents of Eluru were hospitalised after complaints of sudden convulsions. Official sources have said that the patients experienced foaming at the mouth, giddiness and even fell unconscious. Similar symptoms were noticed about a month ago in the same city in West Godavari district when more than 400 people had fallen ill.
The mystery illness last month had received national attention. A panel of experts visited the city to investigate the reason behind the epidemic. Experts from All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology (CCMB), Indian Institute of Chemical Technology (IICT), the National Institute of Nutrition (NIN), the National Institute of Virology (NIV), the National Environmental Engineering Research Institute (NEERI) had arrived to study the situation. The investigations revealed a host of healthcare issues in the region.
Lead, insecticide and DDT were found in blood samples, toxic chemicals were found in milk samples, and pesticide residue was discovered on some fruits and vegetables. Tests also showed high levels of mercury in underground water. Moreover, the drainages in the region are in a state of neglect, raising concerns about the quality of drinking water to the people.
The government neglected the health of Eluru in the previous month and instead focused their attention towards the stifling actions of the opposition. Had the YCP government ensured better facilities in the West Godavari district the first time around, an epidemic could have been averted. The Leader of the Opposition, Chandrababu Naidu suggested that the government pay heed to real welfare concerns like public health rather than cultivate political conspiracies.
You can read about the previous healthcare crisis in Eluru here: https://aptruth.in/cases-report-in-nellore-with-similar-symptoms-like-eluru-mysterious-illness-possibility-of-a-health-emergency/