According to a statement issued by the hospital, Senthil Murugan (37), a visually-challenged teacher from Salem, got Covid last year.
According to the data, Maharashtra stands first with 9,654 cases as on July 28 this year, followed by Gujarat with 6,846 cases, Andhra Pradesh with 4,209 cases and Tamil Nadu with 4,075 cases.
Cashless treatment in private hospitals if government facilities don’t have time slot for surgery within seven days
The Delhi government on March 27 had declared black fungus an epidemic, in view of its rising cases.
Covid wards are now reportedly on the second and third floors, with the fourth floor dedicated to mucormycosis (black fungus) cases. The rest of the hospital will be used for non-Covid cases.
Former tahsildar of Uthukuli who was under treatment for black fungus infection in a private hospital in Tiruppur died on Tuesday.
The infection was previously considered very rare but cases have ballooned during the pandemic, usually striking patients after recovery from COVID-19.
The state has not come up with plans to cover the cost of black fungus patients in private hospitals, as it did with Covid patients, through the Suvarna Arogya Suraksha Trust.
The fungal infection has taken 16 lives so far even as the district administration is still struggling to reduce the high Covid infection rate.
The doctors said the hospital was currently scheduled to undertake 15 reconstructive plastic surgeries in the coming weeks for patients who had been affected from black fungus.
Even as Covid-19 spread has begun to slow down in Odisha, cases of mucormycosis or black fungus are on the rise.
Also, there is enough stock of Amphotericin-B, the drug required to treat black fungus patients, unlike the shortage witnessed in the months of May and June.
The head constable was admitted to a hospital for treatment, during which doctors had to remove one of his eyes, and soon when the infection started spreading fast, he lost the other eye as well.
The disease struck the highest number of people in 45–60-year age group, but even younger ones were not spared.
As many as 15 people have lost their eyesight due to mucormycosis (black fungus) at KIMS Hospital in Hubballi in the last two months.