Sharmili Mallick

At a time when Kotia Panchayat, the bone of contention in the Andhra Pradesh- Odisha border dispute, is all set to go for voting in the second phase of the Odisha Panchayat polls on February 18, the people of the Panchayat reportedly turned down the medical facilities advanced by the neighbouring government.

As per reports, a medical team from Kotia Primary Health Centre (PHC) under the supervision of Dr Pabitra Panda reached Harmandangi village on Wednesday following reports of the outbreak of diarrhoea in the village.

The medical team conducted health examination of 178 residents of Harmandangi, Phagunaseneri and Phatuseneri villages in the disputed Kotia Panchayat and distributed free medicines.

The villagers fell ill after attending a feast in the village recently, added reports.

While the Odisha government medical team was busy treating the villagers, an ambulance with some medical staff from Tonam health centre in Andhra Pradesh’s Salur Mandal reached Phatuseneri village to carry out an inspection of the residents suffering from diarrhoea.

Though the medical team from the neighbouring state tried convince the local residents to take medical aid from them, no one from the village came forward to receive treatment from them, said reports.

The positive attitude of the locals towards the health services offered by the Odisha Government has given a hope that the people of Kotia Panchayat have started accepting the schemes and policies of the State Government.

It may be noted that the voting for Zilla Parishad zone-I of Pottangi Block in Koraput district will be held on February 18 and Kotia Panchayat is a part of this zone. As many as 5,790 voters will exercise their franchise in 13 booths of the Panchayat.

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