Nellore: Even though the district administration issued orders against the preparation and distribution of Ayurvedic drugs for Covid in Krishnapatnam, until they were certified and authorized by a government body, lawmaker Kakani Govardhan Reddy was provocative and said distribution would start on Friday anyway.
Krishnapatnam is located in the Assembly constituency of Sarvepalli represented by Govardhan Reddy and the lawmaker’s decision to disregard authorities’ orders shocked official circles here on Thursday.
A team of Ayush doctors had examined the drugs prepared by Bonigi Anandaiah, without any qualifications, and sent samples to a laboratory in Vijayawada. Although they felt the drug was harmless, they pointed out to the collector that the formulation is not a standard recipe and the preparation method and dosages are substandard. They felt that the ingredients used in eye drops can harm eyesight in the long run. Officials have issued the restraining orders due to the massive influx of patients to Krishnapatnam. They were worried it might turn into another super spreader event like Markaz in New Delhi last year.
However, Govardhan Reddy said he would oversee the distribution of drugs in the interest of public health as the Covid virus spread like wildfire and thousands of people flocked to Krishnapatnam, relying fully on the free drug. .
The MLA said it would ensure appropriate Covid security protocols such as physical distancing, wearing of face masks in Krishnapatnam. He questioned the reasoning behind stopping the distribution even after Ayush doctors said there was no harm in consuming the general herbal drug.