The authorities said on Thursday that due to the surge in life-threatening infections among coronavirus patients, the authorities will build a special hospital ward in the Indian capital New Delhi to combat “black fungus.”
The authorities said it was a rare disease in normal times. The authorities said that in the fight against the Covid-19 wave, thousands of people across India have been infected with mucormycosis or black fungus. In the past month In, the disease has killed more than 100,000 people.
Some doctors say that heavy use of steroids to fight the coronavirus has caused black fungus to explode.
The disease kills more than 50% of sufferers within days. In some cases, eyes and upper jaws are removed by surgeons to stop the spread of the infection.
New Delhi’s chief minister Arvind Kejriwal said special wards would be set up at three hospitals to handle the increased number of black fungus cases.
He also vowed to ensure that all patients will get the medicines they need, with anti-fungal drugs the latest shortage to hit India’s already stretched healthcare system.
There are more than 200 black fungus patients in New Delhi hospitals, with dozens on waiting lists for beds, according to media reports.
Indian social media has been flooded with requests from relatives of Mucormycosis sufferers pleading for help to find medicines.
The Rajasthan and Telangana states have declared black fungus epidemics. Maharashtra state alone has reported more than 2,000 cases.
Since the coronavirus boom hit six weeks ago, relevant authorities have not provided data on deaths from mucormycosis.
Black fungus is caused by organisms called slime molds, which can enter the human body through breathing or skin damage.
These naturally exist in soil and decaying organic matter, but once they enter the human body, they can infect the forehead, nose, cheeks, and air pockets between the eyes and teeth.
Some doctors say they have been panicking about using steroids to fight Covid-19, and Covid-19 has helped the spread of black fungus.
Coronavirus patients with diabetes and a weakened immune system are particularly susceptible to black fungus.
Many drugs used to fight the coronavirus suppress the body’s immune system, and the immune system usually protects against fungal infections.
The prevalence of diabetes in India is the highest in the world.