BHAWANIPATNA : With kidney related diseases taking a toll on the villagers of Jamunabahal under Bhawanipatna block and Kelia village under Junagarh block, more and more patients are preferring treatment at hospitals in Visakhapatnam of Andhra Pradesh due to lack of healthcare facilities in Kalahandi district.
According to sources in the village, 32 persons have died of kidney disorders in the last five years and 22 others are suffering from different kinds of deformities. They prefer treatment at Visakhapatnam instead of Bhawanipatna Government Hospital due to modern facilities there.
The facts came to the fore during the visit of Additional District Magistrate, Chandramani Badnaik to the village on Sunday. The villagers apprised him about their woes following which Badnaik asked them to visit Bhawanipatna hospital for blood tests.
As per his direction, the patients reached Bhawanipatna hospital on Monday and gave their blood samples for the test.Similar is the situation in Kelia village under Junagarh block. In the last five years, 14 persons have fallen prey to kidney-related disease and seven others are suffering from it. Several villages in Karlamunda block too face a similar fate.
Chief District Medical Officer (CDMO) Brajakishor Brahma said four serious cases were reported at Bhawanipatna District Headquarters Hospital and they were referred to medical colleges. Most of the patients are going to Visakhapatnam directly, he added.
The exact cause of kidney diseases can be confirmed only blood test reports are received, he added.
Brahma said the Directorate of Health has been requested to depute a team of experts to visit the affected villages and take up the matter. The Rural Water Supply and Sanitation too has been asked to test the water samples of tubewells in the above mentioned villages.