Several persons had been rushed to the hospital, following the death of 16 tribal people.

23 tribal people admitted for food poisoning in Andhra discharged others stableCollector Karthikeya Mishra speaks to the media
news News Saturday, July 01, 2017 - 09:53

23 local tribal people from Chaparai village in Andhra's East Godavari district, who were admitted to the Area Hospital in Rajamahendravaram on June 25, were discharged on Friday. 

According to reports, the Integrated Tribal Development Agency (ITDA) had arranged ambulances for the discharged patients, to be dropped home in Y Ramavaram mandal. 

The Hindu quoted ITDA project officer, AS Dinesh Kumar as saying that there were 59 patients, of which, 23 were discharged after being declared disease-free.

The report also quotes the officer as saying that there were still 16 men, two women and 11 children undergoing treatment in the area hospital from Chaparai, and their condition was said to be stable.

Around 32 people have been admitted to the government hospital in Rampachidavaram and the primary health centre (PHC) at Maradumilli last week, after suspected food poisoning. 

This had followed the death of 16 tribal people.

There was a wedding feast at the village and the guests fell ill after eating the food that was served, the Collector had earlier said.

Following the incident, Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu also held a teleconference with ministers and officials concerned, to take stock of the situation.

An ex-gratia payment of Rs 5 lakh has been announced by the CM for the victims of the tragedy.

Deputy CM Chinna Rajappa also personally visited and spoke with the victims. 

Meanwhile, officials said that they had stepped up awareness campaigns and health drives, to ensure that such incidents do not recur.

They also dispatched a large stock of medicines to all hospitals and healthcare centres at the mandal and village level.