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Ensure medicines available in government hospitals to treat black fungus: Punjab CM

A file photo of Punjab Chief Minsiter Amarinder Singh. Photo: @capt_amarinder/Twiter

Chandigarh, May 20 (MNN) A day after the Punjab government notified mucormycosis (black fungus) as a disease under the Epidemic Diseases Act, Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on Thursday directed the Health Department to ensure necessary medicines were made available to all government hospitals, including in rural areas.

He also asked the Department to depute doctors at the Primary Health Centres in villages to ensure early detection and treatment of black fungus, which has been reported from many states, in the rural areas.

Stressing that early detection of the disease could prevent it from being fatal, the Chief Minister asked the Covid Expert team headed by Dr KK Talwar to ensure that doctors in the L3 facilities of all government hospitals were directed on proper treatment of Covid patients to check irrational use of steroids, which had been identified as the main cause of this disease, especially among diabetic patients.

Excessive use of steroids during Covid treatment was causing problems, Dr Talwar told a review meeting chaired by the Chief Minister.

He said the doctors were being guided to use substitutes and the Expert Group was trying to finalise a line of treatment with substitutes and alternates.

The Chief Minister also asked Dr Talwar and his team to analyse why patients were returning to hospitals even after recovering from Covid.

Notably, in the first phase, the state did not report any cases of black fungus, even though incidence of the same was reported from several other states.

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