The cases of black fungus first reported at Koti ENT Hospital in Hyderabad, have witnessed an increase in the number of cases in Telangana over the past week.
Previously, Telangana reported 90 cases of black fungus and now, according to some sources, the cases have increased by more than 200.
According to ENT doctors at Koti Hospital, black fungus patients who have had surgery in company hospitals opt for post-surgical treatment in ENT hospitals. Adding more, they say people are inclined to be admitted to government hospitals.
Government health facilities have important antifungal drugs such as liposomal amphotericin B and posaconazole. As these drugs are scarce on the market, private hospitals have to submit an online request for them, delaying treatment.
The government ENT hospital has 200 beds and 215 patients with black fungi were admitted until Saturday evening. About 20 of the 215 patients were transferred from private hospitals. A few beds are reserved for patients with severe fungal infection requiring immediate treatment. Dr T. Shankar, the superintendent of the hospital, said operations on patients were carried out on a high priority basis. Patients are released after six days of post-surgical treatment and after assessing the condition of the patients, they are released and antifungal drugs are prescribed for 20 days.