Naina Mishra

Tribune press service

Chandigarh, May 21

Cases of mucormycosis, commonly known as black fungus, are on the increase in the city. Over the past week, PGI’s microbiology department has diagnosed 10 to 15 infected patients daily.

In the pre-Covid era, the institute witnessed 50 cases per year.

Although not all patients need to be admitted to hospital, there are currently 21 cases of mucormycosis admitted to the NHE Covid block at PGIMER, nine of which are from Punjab and seven from Haryana.

Professor Arunaloke Chakrabarti, head of the Department of Medical Microbiology, said: “Patients with symptoms of mucormycosis come to the hospital emergency room and many of them are from other states.”

“Patient samples are sent to the microbiology department laboratory for evaluation. The majority of patients diagnosed with the disease in our institute have recovered from Covid-19, ”said Professor Chakrabarti.

“Almost 80% of suspected cases are diagnosed with mucormycosis. The symptoms are facial pain, nasal obstruction, etc.

According to previous studies, the death rate from mucormycosis was 50 percent, ”added Professor Chakrabarti.

Emphasizing the role of an ENT specialist in post-Covid care, Professor Chakrabarti said: “It is highly unlikely that patients will arrive at the hospital with the early stage of mucormycosis because the OPDs are closed and they cannot be removed. return only to emergencies. There should be the participation of ENT specialists in post-Covid clinics so that these patients can be treated on time. “

“Set up a working group”

  • Currently, eight patients with mucormycosis are admitted to GMCH, sector 32.
  • UT’s principal health secretary asked GMCH-32 to form a working group of microbiologists and ENT specialists to diagnose such cases.
  • Principal Secretary of Health Arun Gupta said, “Currently, the city faces a shortage of amphotericin B, which is used to treat fungal infection. The UT will soon place an order with the company to obtain the injections. “

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