Two more persons succumbed to mysterious illness in Eluru, Andhra Pradesh, died in a hospital in Vijayawada late on Wednesday night, but doctors said the causes of death varied.
The deceased were identified as Subbaravamma (56) and Chandra Rao (50), who were admitted to the government hospital in Eluru on Sunday. He was shifted to a government hospital Vijayawada on Monday.
Andhra Pradesh Health Minister Alla Kali Krishna Srinivas alias Nani told reporters after visiting Vijayawada Hospital on Thursday that the two deaths were not caused by the “strange disease” which occurred from Eluru.
“They were actually hospitalized with similar symptoms. However, doctors have confirmed that one of them, Subbaravamma, went to Kovid-19 and another person Chandra Rao died of a heart attack, ”the minister said.
Superintendent of Eluru Government Hospital AVR Mohan said that so far only one person – Sridhar (45) – died of symptoms of mysterious illness. “The other two also had these symptoms but they died of other health complications,” he said.
He said that both the patients were earlier admitted to Eluru Hospital with symptoms of mysterious illness. “But since he had other serious health issues, we shifted him to Vijayawada Hospital,” he said.
State Chief Secretary Neelam Sahni visited the government hospital in Eluru on Thursday and interacted with patients. Later he held a meeting with experts from All India Institute of Medical Sciences and doctors of hospitals to ascertain the latest situation.
The superintendent of the Eluru hospital said that the number of cases of mysterious illness was gradually decreasing. As of Thursday evening, the total number of patients suffering from the disease was 599, out of which 528 patients were discharged. “Nine people were admitted since morning,” he said.
Mohan said that the doctors, in collaboration with the staff of the ward secretariat, inspected the condition of the discharged patients. “Experts from all institutions are investigating cases from all angles. They have also collected blood samples from animals and food items such as rice, lentils and vegetables in Eluru, but also in nearby villages.
The Health Minister said that by Friday evening the results of various tests on blood, water and food samples were expected. “Experts are studying how traces of heavy metals were found in blood samples of patients. Nani said that if the government shows any symptoms of a disease, then it is running medical camps in the affected areas to provide treatment.
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