Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Kancharoni tank a garbage dump

Kancharoni tank in Nirmal town 
The famous Kancharoni tank has become a garbage dump and is spreading stink as people of surrounding colonies throw their garbage into it. 

Apart from that sewage is also flowing into the tank which is close to the historical Nirmal fort.

Officials have failed to clean the tank and develop it as a picnic spot even though Minister for Endowment Allola Indrakaran Reddy, the collector and other officials pass by it frequently.
On the one hand, the officials are planning to develop the famous Nirmal fort as a tourist spot.

But, the Kancharoni tank which is close to the fort spreads bad smell throughout the day. Nirmal fort was constructed by one Nimma Naidu who ruled the area.

People can’t stand near the tank or spend time there due to bad smell rising from the garbage and decomposed carcasses of domestic animals dumped in the tank. The bad smell is detective long distance away.

Even the passengers traveling in the buses and vehicles cover their nose with clothes when passing by the tank. The windowpanes of vehicles have to be closed to keep the bad smell away.

Rajashekar of Nirmal town said that political leaders and officials concerned have neglected tanks in and around the Nirmal town. The town’s chain tanks were once famous. People say that it is high time the effluent flowing into the Kancharoni tank from the colonies are blocked and the tank cleaned.

There were strong allegations that the shikam land of the Kancharoni tanks is being encroached by the land grabbers and buddies of the political leaders.

Sunday, April 16, 2017

RMPs turning rural, tribal patients into drug addicts

Drug abuse is prevalent among the people in the rural and tribal areas of the erstwhile Adilabad district as rural medical practitioners (RMPs) prescribe high doses, most of which are painkillers and steroids that give temporary relief.

But, steroids badly affect the functioning of the body and patients become addicted to such drugs over a period of time.

Medicines like Diclofenac and Decadron (tablet and injection), Betnesol and Prednisone keep the patients in a euphoric state and give immediate relief to the patients, but it also fuels the catabolism, resulting in the tissue breakdown by destructing the metabolism, in the body.

Patients easily get these drugs from the medical stores without any valid prescription by the qualified doctors. 

About its side-effects, a doctor working at a government hospital in Utnoor said: the “patients will suffer from obesity, osteoporosis, diabetes, hypertension and chronic kidney diseases and health problems related to heart”.

He said government authority should take steps to control the drug abuse and create awareness among the people as well as RMP’s about the ill effects of steroids and painkillers, and added over a period of time the patients would become habitual for these medicines.

The ill the effects of above medicines will come to light only when the patients go to higher medical centers and through examination.

There is a strong feeling among the rural and tribals people that they get immediate relief, if they go to a local RMP when they fell sick without knowing about the medicines the latter prescribe and their ill effects.

It is a general practice that the RMPs would send the patients suffering from side effects to the doctors who run big Nursing homes and hospitals in the towns with whom they had a close network and regularly get commissions for sending patients.

The Integrated Tribal Development Agency (ITDA), Utnoor officials, has identified more than 3,000 RMPs working in 13 mandals in the old Adilabad district and found that they were giving the wrong diagnosis to the patients, especially tribals, thereby posing a threat to their life.

A few months ago, ITDA officials had closed an RMPs clinic in Utnoor for causing the death of a tribal by the wrong diagnosis.