8,848 Patients Of Black Fungus in Country: Union Minister

New Delhi: Union Minister Sadanand Gowda said today that around 9,000 people across the country are infected with Mucormicosis or Black Fungus. He said that in view of increasing cases of this disease, the central government has sent more than 20,000 vials of a major medicine used for the treatment of fungal infections to the affected states.

Chemicals and Fertilizers Minister Gowda tweeted with a description of the number of vials allocated to the affected states, “After a detailed review of the increasing number of #Mucormycosis cases in various states, today all states / union territories have # Amphotericin-B A total of 23,680 additional vials have been allocated. This allocation has been done on the basis of the total number of patients, there are around 8,848 black fungus patients across the country right now. ”

Gujarat, the worst affected by the infection, which has registered 2,281 cases – has been allotted 5,800 vials, while the second worst affected Maharashtra has been given 5,090 vials. Andhra Pradesh will receive 2,300 vials for treatment of 910 affected patients and 890 vials have been allocated to neighboring Telangana (350 cases).

The national capital Delhi, which has registered 197 cases so far, will get 670 vials as per their break-up.

Hundreds of cases of black fungus, which affect the eyes, nose, jaw, and may even spread to the brain, have been reported from around the country following COVID-19 infection, after which the Center has asked states to treat it It has been asked to be notified under the Epidemic Diseases Act.

The government had said that amid reports of shortage of medicines, at least 11 pharmaceutical companies in India have been allowed to make medicines for the treatment of black fungus. Some doctors say that the steroid has been used in the treatment of Kovid, which has promoted the spread of black fungus. Coronavirus patients with diabetes and weak immunity are especially vulnerable to black fungus.

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