The fungal infection has taken 16 lives so far even as the district administration is still struggling to reduce the high Covid infection rate.
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.
As Black Fungus is not included under Ayushman Bharat Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana – the patients have to bear the expenses if the surgery is performed in private hospitals.
Vardhan also presented a snapshot of India's efforts to contain COVID-19.
The Union health ministry responded in detail to the query of an apex court bench about the steps being taken to ensure drug availability for Mucormycosis.
In a first in India, Karnataka doctor diagnosed with black and green fungus after surviving Covid-19
The patient, Dr Karthikeyan R, developed numbness and heaviness on his face, pain in the right side of the face, intolerable headache and nasal discharge while he was admitted to a hospital in Mysuru.
While many patients have been cured by anti-fungal treatment and surgical debridement, hospitals have seen cases of persistence, days after recovery.
The findings also showed that mortality rate among such patients had remained the same at around 47% at 12 week and 38% at 6 weeks.
The latest case was reported on Saturday night from Dibrugarh and it is the first such case in Assam Medical College and Hospital
The Delta variant is known to be 40 per cent more virulent than the Alpha variant.
Govt allocates additional vials of Amphotericin-B to states, union territories for black fungus treatment
The allocation of the drug is being made to ensure its smooth supply and timely treatment of patients, Union Minister Sadananda Gowda added.
Like Srinath, there have been many people reporting mobile or shaky teeth referring to displacement of a tooth beyond its normal physiological boundaries after recovering from Covid-19.
Though there has been a dip in Covid-19 cases in Belagavi district, high fatality rate still remains a worry.