Madhya Pradesh: Four People Die Of Black Fungal Infection

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Black Fungal Infection cases in India:  Four people died of black fungal infection, from the Damoh and Balaghat districts.

The people who died due to the black fungal infection include, Deepak Soni (39) and Nitin Jain (30), who were both from the Damoh district. Sheshram Kuchalahi (38) and Chinu Lalwani (42) were the other two people who died, from Balaghat district.

“Soni died in a hospital in Nagpur, Jain died in Damoh. Four other patients of Mucormycosis have been sent to Bhopal for treatment,” Damoh ENT specialist Vishal Shukla told PTI.

Sangeeta Trivedi and Dr Manoj Pandey, the Chief Medical and Health Officers of Damoh and Balaghat respectively said that there is a shortage of Amphotericin-B injections. These injections are extremely crucial for treating black fungal infections.

Earlier, Madhya Pradesh‘s chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan also spoke about the shortages of anti-fungal injections to treat the infection. He said that there were hardly any stocks of the injections available in the country, and were being imported from other countries.

12 people died of black fungal infection in Pimpri-Chinchwad, Pune

The Pimpri-Chinchwad area of Pune, Maharashtra had recorded 12 deaths due to the black fungal infection. The Yeshwantrao Chavan Memorial Hospital, in the area has made two wards with a capacity of 60 beds. These wards will be used for the purpose of accommodating Mucormycosis patients. There are currently 35 people who have been admitted to this hospital.

Dr Rajendra Wable, dean of Yashwantrao Chawan Memorial (YCM) Hospital and Medical College, spoke about the deaths. He said that some people got Mucormycosis while they had COVID, and died. Some of them got afflicted with Mucormycosis.

He also added that three patients have already lost vision in one of their eyes. He then said that there was a grave shortage of the medicines used for treating the disease.