Jeypore: The border dispute between Odisha and Andhra Pradesh over Kotia villages has once again raised its ugly head after health officials from the neighboring state set up a mobile health unit in the disputed region and provided free services to the people at door step, on Thursday.
Andhra Pradesh has set up the mobile health clinic at Phatusineri village in Kotia over which both Odisha and Andhra have been claiming jurisdiction.
A special ‘104’ ambulance from the neighbouring state carrying special life support equipment and health officials is providing services aling with medicines at door-step in the village.
A medical officer, a pharmacist along with nurse from Tonam Primary Health Centre under Salur Mandal in Andhra Pradesh have been engaged in the services, conducting door-to-door visit and enquiring the health condition of tribal people.
Earlier, the medical team had also carried out health check up in some of the disputed villages in Kotia several times. They used to visit the villages on motor bikes while this time an ambulance has been engaged in the service.
“They are providing health services between 10 am and 6 pm. Earlier, they used to visit the village on bike but now an ‘104’ ambulance which has been granted from the Chief Minister's Relief fund of Andhra government, is moving around the village. The medical team says they will stay put in the village throughout the day and conduct such camp once in a month,” said Ranjit Pangi, a local resident.
“Drugs are available in this clinic. Dr YSR mobile clinic is being organised once in a month. Blood sugar, Blood pressure checkings and Covid test are being conducted,” said Ashok Kumar, Tonam medical officer.
Earlier, some health officials were found distributing medicines and conducting free health check up in Talaganjeipadar village in the region.
The Kotia regions had been in the headlines for last several months ever since the southern neighbour had notified to conduct rural polls in disputed villages.
Later, the AP had also successfully carried out the panchayat elections in the region despite a steadfast resistance by the Odisha government.