Plan in action, yet Haryana’s mucormycosis toll hits 75


CHANDIGARH: Amidst claims of strategic approach, planned monitoring, and treatment by the Haryana government, cases of Mucormycosis have surged to 927 and the death toll has reached 75.
On Monday, 734 patients were under treatment, while 118 had recovered. The maximum 242 cases are from Gurgaon district, followed by 214 from Rohtak and 211 from Hisar. Haryana government bounced back to stem the rapid spread of Covid-19 in the second wave but now it is expected to do the same for Mucor. The government and private hospitals remain under pressure.
In the early stages of this post-Covid disease, the Manohar Lal Khattar government already has increased the reserved beds from 20 to 75 and planned for quick patient referral to the nearest medical college. Private and civil hospitals work on early treatment, while the state government has started arranging for 7,000 Amphotericin-B injections.
The CM said: “As soon as the cases of black, yellow, and white fungus started appearing in the state, we took steps for timely treatment. The cases of Mucor have increased in the last few days, so the medical colleges have orders to keep the medicines ready. Medicine supply was a challenge in this fight but out CMOs found a way to get 7,000 injections, while we stepped in to curb black-marketing.”
The state government declared Mucor a notified disease and made an expert committee for the distribution of Amphotericin-B. The committee has approved 975 shots for 515 patients. This dosage is based on per kilogram body weight (5mg/kg, for instance).
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