Thousands of persons from different parts of the country including the two Telugu states today availed themselves of the popular "fish prasadam" touted to cure asthma and other breathing disorders.
Those wanting to avail themselves of the medicine, including many foreigners, have been arriving in the state capital since two days, and have been camping at the venue.
Special arrangements have been made for the administration of the medicine at Exhibition Grounds today and tomorrow under the aegis of the state government. As many as 1,000 police personnel have been deployed at the venue to avoid any untoward incidents and ensure orderly conduct in the enclosures. The whole venue has been fitted with CC cameras to keep track of the proceedings and on the huge gathering.
40 counters have been opened for giving tokens to the patients, as also two mobile and two VIP counters. Since the medicine is given mainly using fish fingerlings, the fisheries department made arrangements for distributing as many as 1.60 lakh fish fingerlings. Besides this some private fish stalls have also come up in the area for supplying the fingerlings.
Those who are averse to taking the medicine using fish fingerlings are being administered the medicine using jaggery.
Special bus services have been made to enable people to reach the venue from different parts of the city. The RTC arranged 133 special services from various parts of the city including the railway stations to help people reach the venue without any hassle.
The medicine will be distributed till Saturday morning at 9am.
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