Congress MLA Gyasuddin Shaikh has moved the Gujarat High Court demanding a direction to the state government to ensure that COVID patients who suffer from mucormycosis be treated at state-run hospitals before they are discharged.
Notably, mucormycosis is a deadly fungal infection that has been reported in several COVID survivors that result in blindness and death in extreme cases.
Congress MLA’s claims
The Dariapur MLA in his application said that several patients in Civil Hospital and SVP Hospital have been compulsorily and forcefully discharged with a prescription of being suffering from mucormycosis. He said that such patients were orally informed that the hospital does not have an infectious disease expert.
The patients were also told that medicines and injections required for the treatment of mucormycosis are expensive and not available, the MLA’s application provides. He has also argued that the patients suffering from the fungal infection were also verbally told that the state government does not approve and provide such expensive medicines and injections.
Shaikh has also contended in his plea that many patients who were denied treatment for mucormycosis have lost their eyesight.
The petition provides, “There have been instances where such treatment having been started for fungal infection by SVP hospital, the patients were in the middle of the treatment compulsorily discharged with prescription to take treatment for such deadly fungal infections in the private hospitals. As a result, ENT Doctors in the private hospitals have started taking undue advantage of the same and patients are being exploited.”
Separate wards for mucormycosis treatment
Meanwhile, before the plea could be heard by the court, the Gujarat government has decided to start separate wards for the treatment of mucormycosis patients in civil hospitals of Ahmedabad, Surat, Vadodara, Rajkot, Jamnagar and Bhavnagar.
The state government has also decided to order 5,000 Amphotericin jabs worth Rs 3.12 crore for the treatment of the fungal infection. The decisions in this regard were taken in the core committee meeting headed by Chief Minister Vijay Rupani. The state government in a statement said that 100 such cases across Gujarat have been reported. The government also said that two separate wards of 60-bed each have been set up in Ahmedabad civil hospital where 19 patients are availing treatment.
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