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Over 1100 cases of Mucormycosis in 8 major hospitals of Gujarat

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Eight major government hospitals in Gujarat have over 1100 Mucormycosis cases even as shortage of the life-saving drug Amphotericin-B (in liposomal form) continues. Also known as black fungus, the number of surgeries related to the disease has also gone up.

Earlier on Monday, the Gujarat High Court while hearing a petition on COVID had expressed concern about the surge in the cases of the disease calling it “a very serious issue”.

Earlier, the state had told the high court that it has placed orders for 1.24 lakh vials of Amphotericin B in both liposomal and lyophilised form for Rs15 crore. The lyophilised form of the medicine is known to cause renal toxicity and hence is not suitable for those with co-morbid conditions.

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The Rajkot civil hospital has alone reported 400 Mucormycosis patients under treatment and is also planning a 24/7 surgery schedule to cope with the demand. A special ward has already been set up in Rajkot for such patients and similar facilities have come up at other government-run hospitals as cases surge.

Civil Hospital in Ahmedabad at present has seven wards catering to Mucormycosis patients. The hospital also has over 200 cases of infection. Vadodara has around 120 cases. It is believed that Gujarat has among the highest infections due to the disease in the country.

Mucormycosis an epidemic

With cases of mucormycosis or black fungus being reported from various states across the country, the Union government has directed all states to declare the fungal infection an epidemic and list it under the Epidemic Diseases Act. States such as Rajasthan and Telangana have already declared the rare but fatal fungal infection as epidemic.

Declaration of disease as epidemic essentially means that all conformed or suspected cases of the disease anywhere in India will have to be reported to the state government and the Union health ministry.

The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare’s joint secretary Lav Agarwal said, “All government and private health facilities and medical colleges have to follow guidelines for screening, diagnosis, management of mucormycosis.”

 

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