With the ‘costly’ treatment for a simple dental problem of Andhra Pradesh finance minister Yanamala Ramakrishnudu turning out be a controversial issue, the Telugu Desam Party on Friday came out with an explanation defending the whole episode.TDP official spokesman Lanka Dinakar told media that Yanamala had to undergo treatment at Singapore because he had a sudden and unexpected illness when he was there on an official visit.He said Yanamala had undergone dental treatment at AP Dental Hospital, Road No 10, Jubilee Hills in Hyderabad in the hands of Dr Kadiyala Rajendra before his official trip to Singapore in April.
“The treatment was incomplete due to time constraint as he had to rush to Singapore on an official trip. During his stay in Singapore, Yanamala had unfortunately faced unbearable pain and hence, he had to be admitted immediately in a local dental hospital,” Dinakar said.He said that the finance minister had undergone flap surgery and bone grafting in Singapore.“This can be verified from Dr Kadiyala Rajendra for facts. As far as costing is concerned, it is on a higher side in Singapore, as the doctors there charged around 4000 to 5000 Singapore dollars for this treatment,” he explained.In addition to that, Yanamala required 4 caps to be installed to his tooth, but he did not get them implanted in Singapore, but got it done in Hyderabad, Dinakar informed.
Sources said the media reports of this costly treatment to Yanamala reached even chief minister N Chandrababu Naidu, who enquired with the authorities about how it all happened.
He is learnt to have commented that such controversies should have been avoided.