Treatment for Black Fungus to start in Mangaluru, Shivamogga, Mysuru, Hubballi, Kalaburagi

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Bengaluru, May 17: Treatment for Black Fungus disease, detected among Covid infected persons undergoing treatment, will be started in five divisional-level medical colleges in Mangaluru, Shivamogga, Mysuru, Hubballi and Kalaburgi soon.

This was decided at a meeting with heads of district administration starting with deputy commissioners, chief executive officers of zilla panchayats, district surgeons and health officers, as well as superintendents of police and other senior officials across the state, held under the chairmanship of chief minister B S Yediyurappa through video conferencing on Monday.

The meeting was informed that the Black Fungus disease crops up mostly due to use of ICUs, ventilators and humidifiers during the treatment of Covid patients and the treatment started on experimental basis in the Bowring Hospital in Bengaluru will be extended to all the five divisions in the state in medical colleges.

The meeting authorized the deputy commissioners of districts to bring in suitable changes and make the lockdown restrictions even more stringent in case of necessity after consulting the district in-charge ministers in their respective districts based on the seriousness of the situation.

The meeting directed all district authorities to conduct triaging at two levels compulsorily within two hours of getting the testing reports and at the time of admission in hospitals.

Taking note of the increase in the Covid infection cases in districts, especially in rural areas, the meeting directed the district administration to accord top priority for Covid control measures in the villages and take steps for immediate action within 24 hours of getting test reports. Home isolation of Covid infected persons must be strictly followed in the villages.

Maintain medicine stocks for 3 months

The chief minister authorized the district administration to locally purchase and supply medical kits for home isolation patients if there was any shortage. House-to-house visits and phone triaging must be adhered to, to identify and separate infected persons. Timely treatment for those requiring emergency medical care must be followed and all the tools for treatment based on the severity must be utilized in order to control the spurt in the infections. Stocks of medicines and medical kits for three months must be maintained to meet an emergency situation, the meeting decided.

The chief minister assured that all districts will be provided with sufficient numbers of oxygen concentrators from the health department. The requirement of oxygen in the districts must be assessed well in time and in the event of shortages or in emergency situations, coordination to obtain necessary supplies from the neighbouring districts must be worked out.

The meeting directed the district administrations to identify suitable places or buildings for establishing Covid Care Centres and even set up temporary hospitals with necessary treatment facilities.

Chikkamagaluru district will be immediately provided with PSA generators on a priority basis while the testing facility will be started in Sirsi of Uttara Kannada district. The Shivamogga deputy commissioner was instructed to take immediate steps to increase the oxygen generation and bottling capacity in VISL at Bhadravathi.

The meeting decided that all the secretaries in charge of districts must discuss with the deputy commissioners of the districts concerned twice a week on Covid control measures.

On the vaccination drive, the meeting asked the district administration to ensure that all those above 45 years eligible for the second dose must be given priority and next to the first dose for people above 45 years.

Deputy chief ministers Govind M Karjol and Dr C N Ashwath Narayan, ministers Dr K Sudhakar, Aravind Lambavali and K Gopalaiah, chief secretary P Ravikumar, additional chief secretary and development commissioner Vanditha Sharma and health and family welfare department additional chief secretary Jawaid Akhtar participated in the meeting.







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  • Flavian, Mangalore/Kuwait

    Tue, May 18 2021

    The current situation is partly a natural disaster and mostly due to human error. Hitlor like rule will never help a country on a longer run. We can analyze the countries growth & developments where authoritarian rule was controlling and the down fall and disaster following such rule. Because such leaders would not come to terms with any logical advice thinking only they the the best and foremost. Brain wave is now on diluting stage. Ye tho honayee tha, Hogaya.

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  • Dr.Nagaraj Rao, Mysore

    Tue, May 18 2021

    Mitron , Sab Changa Si

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  • Dsouza, mudarangadi/udupi

    Tue, May 18 2021

    Is this new fungus developed from side effect of covid treatment..

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  • Flavian, Mangalore/Kuwait

    Tue, May 18 2021

    These days Modi Saab do not appear addressing the country people often. Looks keeping aloof and CMs have been given to take the responsibilities. Also Amit Shah and other Cabinet ministers who were boasting sky high BJP unparalleled capabilities !🤓

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  • Rudolf Rodrigues, Mumbai

    Tue, May 18 2021

    In view of this rare infection raising its head up furiously, chances of other opportunistic infections too showing up in the immunocompromised cannot be ruled out!

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  • Rudolf Rodrigues, Mumbai

    Tue, May 18 2021

    The sudden appearance of Mucormycosis cases in such large nos in Covid-19 patients indicates its an hospital acquired infection, but become fumigation in those with high diabetes & indiscriminate use of steroids! It needs to be nipped in the bud before it spreads fast!

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  • sense_shetty, Mangalore

    Tue, May 18 2021

    Kudlag korpini thotte ..Mer .. Inchinen bega inchi saagaver ..Bodithinen Anchi saagaver .. The govt of karnataka should not charge electricity bill for this month in Mangalore

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Tue, May 18 2021

    How else can they eat Kori Roti ...

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Tue, May 18 2021

    I wonder why no one said 'Black Magic' ...

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  • Rudolf Rodrigues, Mumbai

    Tue, May 18 2021

    "It is learnt that the water used in humidifiers in hospitals is causing the complication."; the instruments, equipment used during oxygenation needs to be sterile; now its anybody's guess how many hospital staff take care about this in such an overwhelming situation? Indiscriminate use of steriods & uncontrolled diabetes adds to one's susceptibility! But, the very fact that this fatal fungal disease, which was once rare, now infecting people in large numbers, mostly Covid-19 patients says that the main fault lies with the contamination of equipment with the fungus in the hospitals? Also the safe antifungal for this infection seems to be liposomal Amphotericin (cheaper Amphotericin B is nephro toxic & has to be used with great caution), which costs around 7k per vial & a single patient requires 40-60 vials for total cure! The above is a personal opinion based on my knowledge and facts, please do your own research and take your own decision!

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  • Alwyn, Mangalore

    Tue, May 18 2021

    How BLACK FUNGUS came to Karnataka State? Mucormycosis, also known as black fungus, is a rare but dangerous infection. It's caused by a group of molds called micromycetes and often affects the sinuses, lungs, skin, and brain. You can inhale the mold spores or come into contact with them in things like soil, rotting produce or bread, or compost piles. If you suspect mucormycosis, your doctor will give you a physical exam and ask about your medical history. Let them know if you've been around spoiled foods or other places in which fungal spores are often found. If you're diagnosed with mucormycosis, you should start treatment as soon as possible with prescription antifungal medications. These medicines stop the growth of the fungus, destroy it, and bring the infection under control. Complications of mucormycosis include Blindness, Blood clots, Blocked vessels, & Nerve damage. There's no way to avoid breathing in spores. But you can do a few things to lower your chances of mucormycosis. It's especially important if you have a health condition that raises your risk. Stay away from areas with a lot of dust or soil, like construction or excavation sites. If you have to be in these areas, wear a face mask like an N95. Avoid infected water. This can include floodwater or water-damaged buildings, especially after natural disasters like hurricanes or floods. If you have a weakened immune system, avoid activities that involve dust and soil, like gardening or yard work. If you can't, protect your skin with shoes, gloves, long pants, and long sleeves. Wash cuts or scrapes with soap and water as soon as you can. If you get mucormycosis, be sure to take your medications as directed. If side effects cause problems or the infection doesn't get better, let your doctor know right away. My only doubt about swabs which they used for covid testing? Are these swabs were sterilized, non-expired, and packed properly? If any of the answers are no then it might be a question mark.

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