Center asked states to make black fungus-mucormycosis as an epidemic


New Delhi, 20/5 (AO Bureau): The Center has asked states to make black fungus-mucormycosis a notified disease under the Epidemic Diseases Act 1897. The Union Ministry of Health (Mohfw) has urged the states to make mucor mycosis a notified disease under the Epidemic Diseases Act 1897, asking the states to report all cases. The Union Health Ministry said that all government, private health centers, and medical colleges will follow the guidelines issued by MoHFW and ICMR.

This means that all confirmed or suspected cases of Black Fungus will have to be reported to the Health Ministry. In a letter written to the states, Joint Secretary of the Ministry of Health, Love Agarwal said, ‘All government and private health services and medical colleges have to follow the guidelines of ICMR and Mohfw for screening, diagnosis, management of black fungus.’

Rajasthan-Telangana and Delhi took this decision

Earlier, Rajasthan, Telangana declared Black Fungus as a Notifiable Disease under the epidemic law. The Telangana government has declared Black Fungus (Mucor Mycosis) targeting patients recovering from Kovid-19 as a notified disease under the Epidemic Diseases Act 1897. In an official notification on Thursday, it was said that all government and private health centers should follow the guidelines.
On the other hand, the Government of Rajasthan has notified Mucor Mycosis (Black Fungus) epidemic and notifiable disease in the entire state under the read section 4 of Section 3 of Rajasthan Pandemic Act 2020. Tamil Nadu has also notified the disease under its Public Health Act. So far 9 cases have been found in the state. On the other hand, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said that the Delhi government will set up specialized centers for treatment of black fungus in LNJP, RGSSH, GTB hospital

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