In a recent follow-up, a preliminary report by the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) has found traces of heavy metals like lead and nickel in about 10 blood samples collected from patients in different parts of Eluru in West Godavari district relating it to the outbreak of mysterious disease. As per the recent ground report, more than 600 people have fallen sick and 3 have died from the undiagnosed disease. The preliminary report by the AIIMS suggests the heavy presence of contents like lead and nickel in the available drinking water or the milk as the most viable reason behind the reason for this undiagnosed illness.
As per the ground sources, Dr. A V Mohan, the Superintendent of Eluru Government Hospital has also confirmed the presence of heavy metals like lead and nickel in the blood samples substantiating the preliminary report placed by the AIIMS. In addition to that, the Indian Institute of Chemical Technology (IICT) and National Nutrition Institute (NIN) have collected the blood samples and samples of vegetables from the region and their final report is yet to come. A joint team from the National Institute of Virology (Pune) and the World Health Organisation have also reached Eluru for detailed investigation.
From the initial spread of the mysterious disease in the town, the issues with the mismanagement and lack of efficiency by the state health department to pursue immediate actions were highly criticized in the public sphere. The state Health Minister had also ruled out the possibilities of water contamination and drainage problems as the cause of illness without any validation. In a letter addressed to the Chief Minister Jagan Reddy, the former Chief Minister and TDP chief N. Chandrababu Naidu expressed his concern over the situation and demanded the YCP led the state government to declare the situation as a ‘health emergency’ in Eluru. He also expressed his concern over the negative impacts of the disease on pregnant women, children, and old aged people and demanded the YCP government to ensure the supply of clean drinking water through mobile mineral water plants.