Amid the active Covid-19 infections, the rise in the number of Mucormycosis (Black fungus) cases giving jitters to the state government, as they are failed to treat the patients due to lack of sufficient stock of medicine. The same has been communicated to Chief Minister YS Jaganmohan Reddy by the health department officials. On Friday, the AP recorded 229 black fungus cases in one day, taking the total number of cases to 808.
The health officials said that 3,445 new vials have reached the State taking the stock to 5,200, pointing out that this was not even 10 percent of the requirement. So far, the Centre sent 5,200 liposomal Amphotericin-B injections to the state, but that was not even 10 percent of the requirement, a release from the CMO quoted the officials as telling the Chief Minister.
Taking stock of the situation, the Chief Minister said at least 40,000 injections would be required in a week, based on the caseload. Since the injections were not available in the required quantity, he instructed the health officials to look into alternatives. The chief minister also directed the health department officials to coordinate with pharma companies and procure medicines for Black Fungus, the release said.