The Centre has allocated over 43 thousand vials of anti-fungal drug Amphotericin-B to all States and Union Territories in a span of just 4 days.
Union Chemicals and Fertilizers Minister Sadanand Gowda has informed that the Government is committed towards ramping up the production of anti-fungal drug to meet all requirements.
He said, 19 thousand 420 vials of Amphotericin – B was supplied to the States and the UTs looking at the increased demand.
Earlier the Central Chemicals Ministry had ensured quick and timely allocation of nearly 1 crore vials of Remdesivir in the country to tackle the COVID surge in last one month.
The Nation has recently witnessed surge in number of Mucormycosis cases and therefore the demand of anti-fungal drug Amphotericin has increased considerably. A detailed look at the causes, symptoms and cure of the Fungal Disease.
Mucormycosis or as the people are naming it by its misnomer the ‘Black Fungus’ is actually a disease caused by a very common group of Fungus called Mucormycetes.
This is a very common Fungus readily found in soil and our environment. Here’s what Director of All India Institute of Medical Sciences Dr. Randeep Guleria has to say about it.
Now, everyone among us need not fear infection from it as this fungus can be easily overpowered by a person with strong to average immunity. And above that, unlike virus this does not spread through air and is not contagious.
Experts have said, that cases of Mucormycosis are high in those COVID patients who were already suffering from Diabetes.
This has also been reported from patients who took or were administered steroids beyond their actual requirement. And most importantly, Dr. Guleria rules out it’s co-relation with type of Medical Oxygen given to patients in the Health Care facilities.
Where on one hand, healthy individuals need not fear mucormycosis , even those suffering from the fungal disease can be treated very well with timely medical intervention. Dr. Guleria explains about different types of fungal infection and their symptoms.