Gattumalla village under Regalla gram panchayat in Lakshmidevipalli mandal is grappling with the outbreak of fever and other seasonal ailments in the aftermath of the rain that lashed the mandal over the past few days.

A similar situation prevails in various other habitations in the Agency as well as in plain areas in undivided Khammam district due to poor sanitation, mosquito menace and other factors.

The recent spell of heavy rain has worsened the insanitary conditions in Gattumalla village near Kothagudem leaving the villagers vulnerable to vector-borne diseases at just the start of monsoon.

Several villagers are down with fever and many others have been admitted to various hospitals, both private and government, in Kothagudem and Khammam with symptoms of dengue, malaria and various seasonal diseases.

P. Sunitha, a 24-year-old tribal woman of the village, died of suspected dengue while undergoing treatment at a private hospital in Kothagudem three days ago.

Her death left her husband, an autorickshaw driver, and two kids, devastated and also triggered a sense of fear among the villagers over the potential risk to which they are constantly exposed to due to insanitary conditions and numerous mosquito breeding sites in the village.

Around 40 villagers of Gattumalla are presently suffering from viral fever, vector and water-borne diseases, said CPI (M) district secretariat member Annavarapu Satyanarayana.

Call for intervention

The situation calls for urgent intervention of the government departments to improve sanitation, eliminate mosquito breeding sources and provide proper treatment to ailing villagers by a dedicated team of doctors for a few days, he insisted.

Sources in the health department, however, said no death due to vector or water-borne diseases have been reported from anywhere in the district so far in the current monsoon season.

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