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Govt Allocates Additional 1.2L Vials of Amphotericin-B to States, UTs, Central Institutions

Black Fungus infected patients wait for the surgery at a ward near operation theatre at government ENT Hospital in Hyderabad, Friday. (PTI)

Black Fungus infected patients wait for the surgery at a ward near operation theatre at government ENT Hospital in Hyderabad, Friday. (PTI)

The doctors in India are documenting an alarming number of cases of mucormycosis among patients with COVID and those who have recently recovered.

The government allocated additional 1,21,000 vials of Amphotericin-B to various states, Union Territories (UTs) and central institutions on Friday, according to Union minister Sadananda Gowda. Amphotericin-B is used to treat mucormycosis, also known as black fungus infection.

“Additional 1,21,000 vials of #Amphotericin-B have been allocated to all the States/UTs and Central Institutions today," the Minister for Chemicals & Fertilizers said in a tweet. Mucormycosis affects the sinuses, brain and lungs, and can be life-threatening in diabetic or severely immuno-compromised individuals such as cancer patients or people with HIV/AIDS.

The doctors in India are documenting an alarming number of cases of mucormycosis among patients with COVID and those who have recently recovered.

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first published:June 04, 2021, 21:24 IST