The All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) and other organisations on Wednesday have conformed that the pesticide residues were the reason for the outbreak of the mysterious illness in Andhra Pradesh's West Godavari district headquarters Eluru, a state government statement said.
"The experts said a long term in-depth study is required to understand how these residues of pesticides entered the human body," the Government statement said. Chief Minister Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy has believed and given this responsibility to AIIMS, and the Indian Institute of Chemical Technology (IICT). Jagan held a video conference with experts on the mysterious illness. The CM also instructed officials to conduct tests across West Godavari, including the drinking water samples from all sources in all the districts.
"The samples should be collected systematically and should be analysed with experts. AIIMS and IICT should conduct a deep study in the long term on the causes of the outbreak in Eluru. I have asked the Chief Secretary to prepare an action plan for this,"the Chief Minister said. Reddy also suggetsed that organic farming should be encouraged and awareness created on this among farmers. The Mysterious illness caused more than 500 people to get sick. A team of doctors from AIIMS, New Delhi on Union Health Minister's order due to the Vice President request has joined the ANdhra AIIMS team to visit the hospital and analyse the situation.