The death of a 60-year-old man in Jujjuru village in Krishna District in Andhra Pradesh had sparked fears amongst locals. The man, Mangalagiri Apparao, died on Saturday night at Vijayawada General Hospital where he had been admitted and was undergoing treatment for a kidney related ailment.
Apparao is the sixth person from the locality to have died due to a kidney disease in the past one year, which has led to panic amongst the villagers, with some speculating that contaminated water could be causing the problem.
The locals expressed their concerns over how this seemed to be resembling the incidents which took place at A Konduru mandal in Krishna district, in which 10 people died due to Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD).
CKD, also called chronic kidney failure is the loss of function in the kidneys due to a number of underlying causes
Kidneys play the important role of filtering out wastes in the body. In chronic kidney failure, the kidneys stop being able to do this, which leads to further complications
However, official reports stated that there could be a link between alcoholism and the rising number of CKD in Konduru.
District Medical and Health Officer (DMHO) Padmaja Rani further clarified to The New Indian Express that ‚Äėno Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) cases were reported in Jujjuru‚Äô or surrounding villages. She further expressed that Apparao had died due to lack of medical attention.
This is not the first time the state is facing such a problem. Uddanam region of Srikakulam district has long been noted as being a ‚Äėhotspot of kidney diseases‚Äô and has been listed by the World Health Organization (WHO) as being one of three regions which has a high rate of kidney diseases, along with Sri Lanka and Nicaragua.
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