October 5, 2022

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Crisis: Black fungus outbreak in the capital, 620 patients undergoing treatment, Delhi suffers from acute shortage of medicine

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Black fungus cases are increasing rapidly in Delhi. Now 70 cases are being reported daily. Delhi has received only 3850 vials of Amphotericin-B, an effective drug in treating this fungal infection, while the requirement is more than 30,000.

Along with the coronavirus, new cases of black fungus (mucormycosis) are also being reported continuously across the country. The same situation remains in the country’s capital. It is known that 620 patients suffering from black fungus are being treated in various hospitals in Delhi. A large number of people are coming into the grip of this fungal infection here. The major problem is that there is also a severe shortage of Amphotericin-B, the only drug used in the treatment of this disease in Delhi. Senior officials of Delhi’s health department said that the city has received 3,850 vials of amphotericin-B as of Tuesday (May 25), while more than 30,000 doses are required in a week.

4 thousand vials of black fungus medicine needed in a day
At the same time, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said on Wednesday (May 26), “Delhi has received around 400 vials of black fungus medicine by Tuesday and 400 other vials a day earlier. The city needs about 4 thousand vials of Black Fungus medicine in a day. Due to a shortage of medicines, the treatment of patients is delayed. ”Subsequently, Health Minister Satyendra Jain said,“ On May 23, Delhi reported 200 cases of black fungus infection and now about 70 cases are being reported daily. Compared to this number, Delhi has been allocated a much lower dose of amphotericin-B. About two-thirds of the total patients with mucormycosis are from Delhi and the rest are from outside the state.’

Treatment of more than 100 patients in AIIMS continues
Significantly, instances of black fungus as a complication occurred in some Corona patients following an increase in Kovid-19 cases in the capital between mid-April and early May. Currently, more than 100 patients suffering from black fungus are being treated at AIIMS. According to doctors, there were only 12 to 15 cases a year before the epidemic. Officials said that for the treatment of black fungus, a patient needs at least 50 vials of amphotericin-B every week. An official of Delhi’s Drug Control Department said, “Some also require 100 vials. It depends on the severity of the infection. Due to the drug shortage of this disease, we are unable to release all 50 vials at once for a patient, so we give 10 to 20 vials at a time. ‘

Cases of black fungus can reach the peak in Delhi
The Delhi government has written a letter to the Center demanding one lakh doses of the drug over a period of two months, arguing that about one thousand cases of fungal infections in Delhi are likely to be at their peak. The state has also established an expert panel that approves hospitals’ requests for medicine. Dr SCL Gupta, Medical Superintendent of Batra Hospital said, “Earlier patients had to travel around the city in search of medicine and now the government makes sure that we get it. If someone needs immediate medication, we give it from the quota of another patient and compensate for it later. ‘

People wandering for medicine
However, the relatives of some patients said that they are still wandering rate-by-step to take the medicine. The brother of a 35-year-old woman suffering from the infection said, “My sister has been given 10 doses of the drug so far, but doctors said she would need another 50 doses.” I have probably gone to every major medical store in the city, but I did not get this medicine. ‘

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