1784 cases of black fungus have been reported in Karnataka: Minister

Bengaluru, Jun 5 (PTI) Karnataka Health Minister Dr K Sudhakar said on Saturday that 1,784 cases of black fungus have been reported in the state while 62 persons have been cured and 111 have died.

Sudhakar said that the state government is contemplating to include treatment of black fungus for people belonging to low income group and lower middle class under Ayushman Bharat Arogya Karnataka scheme. Black fungus spread in the state during the second wave as a post-Covid complication.

Sudhakar said in a statement, “A total of 1,784 cases of black fungus have been reported in the state and 62 affected persons have been cured. Adequate medicine has been allotted to the state.

According to him, 1,564 people are being treated for black fungus in the state. “62 persons have been cured, unfortunately 111 persons have lost their lives due to black fungus,” the minister said.

He said 9,750 vials of amphotericin B drug used to treat black fungus have been allotted by the Centre, of which 8,860 vials were received on Friday. The minister said, “So far we have received 18,650 vials. Government hospitals have used 8,860 vials and 9,740 vials have been provided to private hospitals.”

Regarding the vaccination campaign, he said that in June, about 70-75 lakh people would be provided vaccines. Sudhakar said, “Around 1.5 crore doses have been given in the state so far. By the end of June, about 2.25 crore people in our state will get at least one dose of the vaccine. All will be vaccinated soon.”

According to him, the second wave may subside in the state by the end of June, but stressed on people to follow the appropriate COVID behaviour.

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