Hyderabad: Mr Akbaruddin Owaisi, the AIMIM floor leader in Telangana Assembly, has demanded the state government to declare a Medical Emergency while suggesting for setting up Sewage Treatment Plants (STP). Diseases such as malaria, typhoid and dengue are taking a toll on the public.
"I suggest at least a 10,000 square feet area should be earmarked for treating the medical wastage.
All hospitals should be equipped with the STP facility. Hospital waste should be treated properly. For this, STP units should be set up. The Telangana government should make it a mandatory for all the new buildings, including the government or private, that STP plants a must. We used to complain about lynching in one place. But, mosquito lynching has become a significant concern in the State. Mosquito lynching is taking place everywhere. Every house has a patient these days," said Mr Owaisi in the Assembly on Saturday.
Dengue and malaria cases have been alarmingly increasing during the past few months across Telangana state. According to officials, the death toll reached over 55 so far this year, and unconfirmed reports claim more than 60 deaths in the State.
The Telangana Health Department said that about 10,870 Dengue cases had been registered in the State. Influenza and viral fever cases in large number have been reported from several places in the State. Doctors advise that normal fever also shouldn't be neglected.
Meanwhile, GHMC officials are a worried lot over non-functioning of chemicals. Fogging is also not preventing the mosquito-spread, said an official. The GHMC is spending about Rs7 crore annually on the eradication of mosquitoes. The officials are studying the root cause on why fogging and spraying of chemicals not resulting in the desired effect. During the past week, about 200 Dengue cases registered in the twin cities alone. The GHMC is also studying whether adulteration in pesticides is the reason why it's not effective in the prevention of mosquito-spread.