Black Fungus Update: The outbreak of the second wave of deadly corona virus continues in the country. Meanwhile, an increase in the number of cases of black fungus ie mucormycosis is also being recorded. Many states have also declared black fungus as an epidemic. There are currently more than 700 cases of black fungus in the capital Delhi. At the same time, cases are also increasing in Punjab, Haryana, Madhya Pradesh and Uttarakhand. Along with this, deaths are also being recorded. Know what is the latest update about black fungus.
More than 700 cases of black fungus have been registered in the capital Delhi, which is the highest so far. Presently more than 100 patients are being treated in AIIMS. Apart from this, 110 patients are being treated at GTB Hospital, 90 in Sir Ganga Ram, 82 in Lok Nayak, 47 in Max Saket and 25 in St. Stephen’s.
So far 43 people have lost their lives due to black fungus in Punjab. State Health Minister Balbir Singh Sidhu said that a total of 300 cases of black fungus have been reported in the state, out of which 23 patients have been cured, while 234 are still undergoing treatment. Out of 300 cases of black fungus in the state, 259 patients are from Punjab while 41 are from other states.
So far 75 people have died due to black fungus in Haryana while more than 734 people are undergoing treatment in various hospitals of the state. The government said that till now a total of 927 cases of black fungus have been reported in Haryana. Out of these, Gurugram district has the highest number of 242, Rohtak 214 and Hisar 211 cases.
Seven more cases of black fungus were reported in Uttarakhand, while seven patients died. So far 244 patients suffering from this disease have been found, out of which 27 have died.
In Himachal Pradesh, 29 corona patients died on Wednesday, out of which four patients were also suffering from black fungus infection. The official said that two patients from Kangra who lost their lives and one patient each from Solan and Hamirpur were in the grip of black fungus infection.
Within the last 20 days, 32 patients of this disease have died in the Government Maharaja Yashwantrao Chikitsalaya (MYH) in Indore, MP. MYH is the busiest hospital in the state to treat black fungus, where patients from districts other than Indore are also admitted. A total of 439 patients have been admitted to the hospital. Out of these, 84 people were discharged after treatment, while 32 patients have died.
Ban on export of amphotericin-B injection
The government has banned the export of amphotericin-B injection, which is used to treat mucormycosis or black fungus infection. According to a notification issued by the Directorate General of Foreign Trade (DGFT), the export of injections has been kept in the restricted category. This means that an exporter needs to take special permission or license from the directorate for his export consignment.
Court directed to make policy
The Delhi High Court said that it is directing the Center with a “heavy heart” to formulate a policy for distribution of liposomal amphotericin B, useful in the treatment of black fungus, with priority to the younger generation patients, as it is the country’s largest will build and take it forward. While giving the medicine, it should be kept in mind that those who have better chances of survival and younger age group, should be given priority over the elderly who have lived their life. This can save some, if not all, lives.