Karnataka: lack of awareness, self-medication kills more in rural areas | Bengaluru News

BENGALURU: Anjanappa Kallimani (name changed), 50, a farmer from Ankalagi village in Vijayapura district, 475 km from Bengaluru, complained of severe shortness of breath on May 1. He was taken to the district hospital where he died the next day. His wife Sujatha Kallimani complained of similar symptoms on May 5 and died the same evening.
This sad story actually begins on April 25 when Anjanappa had a fever, cough and cold. Soon Sujatha contracted them as well. Both had flu-like symptoms, but decided to stay home and self-medicate, believing it to be seasonal flu. They had comorbidities.
Following their death, the inhabitants of the village are worried but those who show symptoms are reluctant to be tested or to be admitted to Covid care centers. Government doctors and health experts say it is a common cause of death from Covid in villages across the state over the past 15 days. They say more deaths in rural areas occur because people do not go to the hospital despite the symptoms.
Dr Kishore K, a senior doctor who has worked extensively in rural areas for over 30 years, said: “Village patients only come to hospitals when their condition deteriorates to the point of requiring respiratory assistance. Since many have high blood pressure or have diabetes, their condition becomes more complicated. Self-medication worsens the problems. ”
A government doctor, speaking on condition of anonymity, to Hassan said: “Villagers who learn they are positive do not isolate themselves because they are unaware of the risks involved or they deliberately hide it. to other villagers because of the stigma attached. with Covid. They move around the village and infect many more. The problem is compounded by the fact that some infected people engage in self-medication because they cannot afford hospital care. Another problem is the reluctance to take vaccines. “People in rural areas fear side effects and some don’t take it because they firmly believe that no virus will infect them,” said Ravi Kulkarni, a health activist.
He said the government’s strategy in rural areas should have four components: identifying cases with the help of local people or volunteers, controlling the spread of infection, raising public awareness and providing treatment. CN Deputy Chief Minister Ashwath Narayan, head of the Covid task force, stressed the need to end the isolation of homes in rural areas to curb the spread of the disease. “Paramedics are used to conduct door-to-door surveys of rural populations and ensure that maximum sampling is done,” he said.

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