Nearly 300 people, including women and children, suddenly fell ill in Andhra Pradesh’s West Godavari district, while a 55-year-old man died on Sunday. Vomiting, headache and seizures are reported in all people. A total of 290 people, including 76 women and 46 children, have fallen ill since Saturday night in Torpu Veedi, Dakshin Veedi, Ashok Nagar and Arundhatinagar in the district. Most people have been admitted to nearby government hospitals, while some have been shifted to GGH Hospital in Vijayawada. According to local authorities there is no shortage in the water being supplied by the municipal corporation and it has been found to be completely pure.
In examining blood samples of sick and local people, most have been found infected with corona and other infectious diseases. Teams of doctors, medical and health workers are conducting investigations to find out the exact cause of sickness.
Health Minister Ala Kali Krishna Srinivas, who visited the affected area, told the media that so far more than 227 people have become ill due to complaints of headache, vomiting and seizures. Sick people include 76 women and 46 children who are hospitalized. So far 70 patients have been discharged from the hospital.
Expressing concern over the incident, Andhra Pradesh Governor Biswabhushan Harichandan has sought information from local authorities in this regard and has also instructed health officials to take appropriate action in this regard. Chief Minister Y.S. Jaganmohan Reddy will visit the hospital on Monday to know the condition of the patients. Telugu Desam Party National General Secretary and Councilor Nara Lokesh went to the hospital to know the health of the patients. TDP President and former Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu has also expressed concern about the incident.