Kidney ailments on the rise in Sonepur
SONEPUR:THE incidence of chronic kidney disease (CKD) is assuming alarming proportion in Western Odisha. The disease, which was earlier confined to specific pockets, is fast spreading its tentacles to different districts of the region. The administration, however, seems clueless about the reasons of the spread.
Earlier, while CKD cases were reported from Kanpur under Ufula gram panchayat in Birmaharajpur sub-division and Ainlasari village under Samleichuan gram panchayat in Dungripali block of Sonepur district, now deaths due to CKD have also been received from Majhimunda village in Rengali gram panchayat under Sonepur block. Four patients have died due to chronic renal failure in Majhimunda. They have have been identified as Bara Dang (60), Sumitra Dang (55), Chandrasekhar Kalta (41) and Banka Dang (60).
While the reason behind the growing incidence of CKD in the village is yet to be ascertained, villagers have attributed it to ground water which apparently contains excessive amount of fluoride. They have stopped using water from the eight tube wells in the village and are now depending on the solitary open well.
The rising CKD death cases have triggered panic among the villagers as the disease is diagnosed usually in the advanced stage leading to death. Locals have alleged that although they have drawn the attention of the Health department, no steps have been taken to ascertain the reason and prevent further outbreak of the disease.
Additional District Medical Officer (PH), Dr D N Padhi confirmed CKD cases in the village and said that a team has been sent to the village to collect blood samples of the affected persons.
Professor and Head of Department of Nephrology, SCB Medical College, Dr Chittaranjan Kar said, “CKD could be caused due to contact with agro chemical, water quality and consumption of spurious liquor besides other reasons like exposure to high temperature and dehydration.”