Kidney disease kills 10 in Bolangir

Bolangir: Ten persons have died in a year while about 20 other persons have been under treatment due to an unknown kidney disease in Dhaanradadar and Rampur villages under Agalpur block. The poor villagers and patients complained that several pleadings with the administration for medical and financial assistance have not yeilded in any results.

Chandrakanti Mahananda hails from village Rampur. Her husband suddenly took ill due to the unknown kidney disease two years ago. The couple had to sell out their small piece of land to arrange money for the treatment of her husband. She became landless yet she lost her husband on December 17 and has none to look after her now. She is hardly of 25 years. She has three children. "Where do I go now? I have no land and nothing to run my family,"Chandrakanti grieves.

The story of 14-year-old girl Chandrakanti Sahoo is no less heart rendering. She had to stop her education while she was in class nine. The killer disease compelled her to stop going to the school. Abject poverty and no assistance from the administration has pushed her to sheer desperation. Another old lady of the same village too lost her husband and son to the dreaded disease. She is in dire straits.

Over 15 patients and their family members today tried to meet the district collector to put forth their grievances and seek assistance. But the collector was not present. The additional district magistrate Sadhav Minj assured the patients and the family members to take steps to provide assistance from the Chief Minister`s relief fund. Relief apart, the administration must try to find out the reason behind the killer kidney disease and take long-term measures to stop its reappearance.