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Karnataka to set up black fungus treatment wards in Shivamogga, Kalaburgi, Mysore, Hubballi & Mangalore

Karnataka, the Health and Family Welfare department has planned to establish black fungus treatment wards in Shivamogga, Kalaburgi, Mysuru, Hubballi and Mangaluru apart from the one functioning in Bengaluru.

Black Fungus or Mucormycosys is a noticed disease and hospitals have been asked to report such cases to the Government. An expert panel has been set up by the Government to find out whether the water used in humidifiers in hospitals is causing the fungus.

Black fungus is a post COVID complication that is increasing due to the usage of ICU, ventilators and humidifiers in those who have uncontrolled diabetes and are prescribed high dosage of steroids. The fungus enters through the nasal cavity and attacks eyesight. Amphotericin injection is being given for the treatment of the disease.

There are 97 people infected with Black Fungus in the state and are being treated at the Bowring hospital in Bengaluru. The Central Government has approved 1050 vials of this injection and has already supplied 450 vials.

The state has also ordered 20,000 vials on its own. Deputy Chief Minister Dr C N Ashwatha Naryana has called upon Global Innovation Alliance Partner countries to join hands with Karnataka, in exploring the possibilities of procuring essential drugs like Amphotericin B, Remdesivir and Tocilizumab.



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