Kasaragod: Over thousands of endosulfan victims here including children are struggling without medicine and medical care following the lockdown over the coronavirus outbreak in the state. They have been suffering from epilepsy and related issues from birth. Treatment and medicine from hospitals in Mangaluru were the only relief for these poor children. But following the lockdown, treatment from hospitals in Mangaluru was interrupted as the border between Kerala and Karnataka was closed down.
Devanand, an 8-year-old boy is one among the thousands of children who are struggling without medicine. When most of the children are enjoying the lockdown period with their family, these children are having a tough time. Their parents have no idea how to handle their children who are having severe health problems without proper medication.
Most of these children had a medical review at the hospitals last week. Their medicine is also out of stock at the house as the lockdown was unexpected and the parents failed to purchase the medicines for them.
“There are no medicines for the children. As the medicines stopped, most of the children were suffering from seizures two or three times a day,” said Aruni, a parent. The parents stated that they are helpless to take care of the children.
“In Kasaragod, it is impossible to find the service of a neurologist or a paediatrician who treats children with such problems. In some families, parents started to limit the number of medicines given to these children in order to save it for more days. Hence, children are having related problems too,” said Muneefa, an endosulfan victim and president of endosulfan victims association.
In Kasaragod, over thousands of people belonging to different age groups were depending on the hospitals in Mangaluru. Some of them were admitted to the Pariyaram Medical College after their health condition worsened due to non-availability of medicines. Though the patients are being treated at Pariyaram Medical College, the medicines prescribed from hospitals in Mangaluru are not available there.
Doctors are also having a tough time as they have no idea about the patients’ medical history.
“Most of the doctors are referring these patients to consult the doctors under whom they started the medication or prescribing to continue the same medicines. But as the Karnataka border remains closed, the patients are unable to purchase the medicines. These medicines are not available in any pharmacies in Kasaragod,” said Muneefa.
The endosulfan victims association has sought the attention of leaders including MP into the matter. They also demanded immediate action to redress the grievances of the patients.