Next Uddanam? Kidney disease kills 6 in Krishna

VEERULLAPADU (KRISHNA DISTRICT): A mysterious has claimed another victim in Veerullapadu mandal. Mangalagiri Appa Rao, a 60-year-old farm labourer from Jujjuru village of the mandal in died of kidney failure while receiving treatment at Vijayawada government general hospital on Saturday night.

Family members said Rao had been suffering from the kidney ailment for the past few years. While it may seem as a stray incident, it is pertinent to note that he is the sixth person to die of kidney failure within the Veerullapadu mandal in the past one year.

Chenchu Narayanamurthy, another person who has been suffering from kidney ailment for some years now, said they have to travel at least for an hour to reach Vijayawada for any emergency as there was no dialysis centre nearby. “The Nandigama government hospital doesn’t even have an , let alone dialysis facility. It is a hassle to travel all the way to Vijayawada for treatment every time,” Narayanamurthy told TOI.

Appa Rao’s son, Mangalagiri Jeevan Kumar, said the family spent close to Rs 5 lakh on his father’s treatment in the last four years. He also said there is a major drinking water contamination issue in Jujjuru village. However, sources said liquor addiction is one of the main reasons behind the spate of kidney ailments. Corroborating the claim, it was found that five out of six people who died of kidney failure recently are men. Unconfirmed sources claimed there are outlets in the nearby hills that sell rectified spirits and attract a lot of farm labourers as it comes cheap.

Three deaths in the last six months have happened at Anavaram village. Along with Jujjuru, villages like Rangapuram, Alluru and Chattannavaram under Veerullapadu mandal have seen a spate of kidney-related ailments. Villagers have requested the government to set up a dialysis centre in Nandigama town to help a large number of people from the farming community get timely treatment.

Official sources from Krishna district medical and health office stated that kidney ailments are commonly caused due to high intake of and in many cases, addiction to liquor is also a reason. It cannot easily affect patients due to water contamination as the human body has a set of resistance mechanisms to deal with effluents, DMHO sources said.

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