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Sonia Gandhi writes to PM Modi, urges to take ‘immediate action’ on rising black fungus cases

In a letter to the Prime Minister, she also pointed out that the illness is not covered under Ayushman Bharat and most other health insurance plans and sought immediate action on the issue.

Sonia Gandhi writes to PM Modi, urges to take immediate action on rising black fungus cases-dnm
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New Delhi, First Published May 22, 2021, 2:09 PM IST

As cases of Mucormycosis or “black fungus” rise across the country, Congress president Sonia Gandhi on Saturday asked Prime Minister Narendra Modi to take immediate action on the supply of Liposomal Amphotericin-B, an essential drug to treat the fungal infection being detected in Covid-19 patients.

“I understand that Liposomal Amphotericin-B is absolutely essential for treatment of Mucormycosis. However, there are reports of its acute scarcity in the market. I would request you to kindly take immediate action in this matter,” Gandhi wrote in her letter to the Prime Minister.

In a letter to the Prime Minister, she also pointed out that the illness is not covered under Ayushman Bharat and most other health insurance plans and sought immediate action on the issue.

"Further, the illness is not covered in Ayushman Bharat and most other health insurance products.  I would request you to kindly take immediate action on this matter to bring relief to the large number of patients being affected by Mucormycosis," she told the Prime Minister.

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The letter comes as states across India are reporting a shortage of the antifungal drug with hospitals in Delhi, Maharashtra and Gujarat among others expressing the urgent need for supplies to treat the growing number of patients needing it.

On Thursday, the Union Health Ministry made black fungus a notifiable disease, making it mandatory for states to report both suspected and confirmed cases to the Integrated Disease Surveillance Programme (IDSP).

Mucormycosis is a rare but fatal fungal infection, in which sinuses or lungs are affected after fungal spores in the air are inhaled. The incidence of this infection has traditionally been low — it was reported mainly in patients with uncontrolled diabetes. However, many hospitals in the countries are now reporting a significant increase in cases of ‘Covid-19-associated mucormycosis (CAM)’.

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