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Mucormycosis has 50 per cent mortality rate: Rajesh Tope

The state health minister also said that black fungus has a 50 per cent mortality rate and is majorly detected in coronavirus patients with suppressed immunity or co-morbidities.

Mucormycosis has 50 per cent mortality rate: Rajesh Tope
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Maharashtra health minister Rajesh Tope on Tuesday, May 11, announced that the state government will use hospitals attached to medical colleges as treatment centres for Mucormycosis, a serious but rare fungal infection now affecting coronavirus patients. This decision has been taken as treatment of Mucormycosis patients as it demands a multidisciplinary approach.

While talking to reporters, Tope said that there could be over 2,000 Mucormycosis patients in the state as of now and with more and more COVID-19 cases coming up, their number would increase for sure.

He said black fungus has a 50 per cent mortality rate and is majorly detected in coronavirus patients with suppressed immunity or co-morbidities.

"A Mucormycosis patient needs to be seen by various experts such as ENT, ophthalmologists and neurologists among others. We are trying to cover most of the treatment under the Mahatma Phule Jan Aarogya Yojana (the state's flagship health scheme), the minister said.

Commenting over the costly treatment, he mentioned, “I will be writing to the National Pharmaceutical Pricing Authority to bring down the MRP of medicines needed for Mucormycosis treatment."

Amphotericin-B is a key medicine required for the treatment of such patients. Haffkine (a state-run pharma firm based in Mumbai) is going float a tender for one lakh injections of the drug, Tope said.

Symptoms of Mucormycosis, also known as black fungus, include headache, fever, pain under the eyes, nasal or sinus congestion and partial loss of vision.

Also Read: What is ‘Mucormycosis’ or ‘Black Fungus’ and How Does it Impact COVID-19 Patients?

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