India has reported about 11,717 cases of “Black Fungus” or Mucormycosis so far. The latest government data released by the health ministry states that Andhra Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat, Maharashtra, and Telangana have registered the highest number of this rare fungal infection.
Maharashtra has reported 2,770 cases, while Gujarat and Andhra Pradesh have logged 2,859 and 768 cases respectively. Madhya Pradesh is right behind with 752 cases, and Telangana with registering 744 cases so far. In the national capital, 620 cases have been recorded till now, according to Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal. The Central Government has declared black fungus to be a notifiable disease while 11 states have already declared it as an epidemic.
Union Minister Sadananda Gowda has announced on Wednesday that the additional 29,250 vials of Amphotericin- B drug that is used in the treatment of Mucormycosis, have been delivered to all the states and UTs today. The government has reportedly allocated 7,210 vials to Gujarat, followed by 6,980 vials to Maharashtra as part of the 29,250 fresh allocations.
Several other states like Andhra Pradesh (1,930), Madhya Pradesh (1,910), Telangana (1,890), Uttar Pradesh (1,780), Rajasthan (1,250), Karnataka (1,220), Haryana (1,110) also received their fair share to battle against the fungal disease. Earlier, about 19,420 vials of Amphotericin- B were allocated on 24 May and 23,680 vials were supplied across India on 21 May.
While government hospitals have recently started giving treatments, many of the private super/multi-specialty hospitals in Delhi were already providing services. The hospitals told news agency ANI that the cost of treatment can lead up to ₹10 to ₹15 lakh while excluding the cost of post-discharge treatment.
According to the Indian doctors, Mucormycosis among patients with coronavirus and those who have recently recovered are significantly rising. They believe that the fungal infection may be triggered by the use of steroids which is a life-saving treatment for the deadly Covid-19 infection.