Rajasthan government declares Black Fungus infection an epidemic
The state has around 100 black fungus patients and a separate ward has been made at Sawai Man Singh (SMS) Hospital in Jaipur for their treatment.
Amid rising cases of Mucormycosis (black fungus), which is primarily affecting people recovering from Covid-19, the Rajasthan government on Wednesday declared it as an epidemic, officials said.
Currently, the state has around 100 black fungus patients and a separate ward has been made at Sawai Man Singh (SMS) Hospital in Jaipur for their treatment.
Mucormycosis has been notified as an epidemic and a notifiable disease in the state under the Rajasthan Epidemic Act 2020, according to a notification issued by state’s Principal Health Secretary Akhil Arora.
He said the step was taken to ensure integrated and coordinated treatment of black fungus and the coronavirus.
On Monday, the state government had issued orders to purchase 2,500 vials of a drug used in the treatment of black fungus, Health Minister Raghu Sharma said.
According to experts, people with diabetes are more prone to getting the black fungus infection.
Amid the surge in Covid-19 infections, Delhi is also "frequently reporting" cases of black fungus, also known as mucormycosis, sources told news agency ANI earlier today.
Consequently, the Delhi government has set up a four-member technical expert committee (TEC) to prevent the indiscriminate use of Amphotericin-B injection and to establish a transparent and efficient system of distribution of this drug to the needy and hospitalised Covid-19 patients.
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