States, Union territories asked to make black fungus notifiable disease under Epidemic Diseases Act

States, Union territories asked to make black fungus notifiable disease under Epidemic Diseases Act

The Telangana government has already declared black fungus as a notifiable disease under Epidemic Diseases Act.

The Centre has urged states and Union territories to make black fungus or mucormycosis a notifiable disease under the Epidemic Diseases Act, 1897.

Health ministry joint secretary Lav Agarwal, in a letter to states and Union territories, noted that black fungus is causing prolonged morbidity and mortality amongst COVID-19 patients.

Pointing out that the infection has been reported from many states among COVID-19 patients, especially those on steroid therapy and are diabetic, Agarwal, in his letter, said, "This fungal infection is leading to prolonged morbidity and mortality amongst COVID 19 patients."

The Telangana government has already declared black fungus as a notifiable disease under Epidemic Diseases Act.

The treatment of this black fungus requires multidisciplinary approach consisting of eye surgeons, ENT specialists, general surgeon, neurosurgeon and dental maxillo facial surgeon, among others, and institution of Amphotericin-B injection as an antifungal medicine.

"You are requested to make mucormycosis a notifiable disease under the Epidemic Diseases Act, 1897, wherein all government and private health facilities, medical colleges will follow guidelines for screening, diagnosis, management of mucormycosis, issued by the ministry of health and family welfare (Gol) and the Indian council of medical research (ICMR). And, make it mandatory for all these facilities to report all suspected and confirmed cases to health department through district-level chief medical officer and subsequently to integrated disease surveillance programme (IDSP) surveillance system," the letter from the joint secretary read.

States, Union territories asked to make black fungus notifiable disease under Epidemic Diseases Act
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Earlier, during an interaction with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Maharashtra Health Minister Rajesh Tope said black fungus, which has claimed 90 lives in the state so far, is a matter of prime concern for the state at present.

Meanwhile, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said dedicated centres will be set up for the treatment of black fungus at three city government-run hospitals. "Three important decisions were taken at the meeting. Centres will be set up at Lok Nayak Jai Prakash Narayan Hospital, Guru Tegh Bahadur Hospital and Rajiv Gandhi Super Speciality Hospital for treatment of black fungus," the CM tweeted.

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