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Yet another death in Nallacheruvu area

Staff Reporter

No SARS death, says DM&HO

GUNTUR: A youth died in Nallacheruvu area of Guntur city on Tuesday after suffering from fever for five days. It is the fifth such death in the last 20 days.

Sunkarapu Shankar Rao, 25, died in the 11th lane of Nallacheruvu and many more were still down with fever even on Tuesday. Despite the deaths, there is no improvement in sanitation in the area.

Municipal Commissioner D. Rama Rao and Mayor Kanna Naguraju had visited the area then and promised several steps, but all of them seem to have come to naught.

The GMC officials began hectic activity at noon by cleaning the Nallacheruvu area. Blood smears were taken from all the patients.

Municipal Health Officer Shabbir Ali, however, said that Shankar Rao died of cardiac arrest and it was not due to fever. "We are taking steps to clean the area, do fogging and hold medical camps often to screen patients. We have conducted special camps for eight days last month," he pointed out.

Commissioner anguished

The Municipal Commissioner on Tuesday visited some of the areas in the city and expressed anguish at the lack of proper maintenance of drains. He appealed to people and hotel owners to cooperate with the GMC to keep the city clean.

Meanwhil, Nandiga Vamsi, who was suspected to have died of severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) on Sunday night, did not have SARS, declared District Medical and Health Officer Narasimha Reddy here on Tuesday.

The DMHO, however, said that parents of the boy did not allow them to conduct an autopsy. The DMHO said a four-member team comprising a doctor and three multi-purpose health supervisors visited the boy's village Kotanemalapuri in Rajupalem mandal and inquired with the RMP doctor, who treated him first and the doctor at Piduguralla about the treatment they gave.

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