Karnataka Health Minister Dr Sudhakar said here on Saturday that the Mucormycosis or the Black Fungus is spreading very fast in the state and that a total of 250 cases have been reported so far.
He said that all the patients with the Black Fungus will be treated free of cost by the Government and all preventive measures are being taken to control the disease.
He said that the uncontrolled use of steroid increases the sugar level in the body of the Covid-19 Oxygen patients remaining in ICU for long time which will reduce resistance power of the Patient resulting in the development of black fungus in the body.
However, except the colour, there is no difference between black fungus and white fungus, he said and added that earlier, there used to be only 40 – 50 such cases in a year, but now unfortunately they have gone up.
He said that currently 14,000 vials of anti black fungus medicine vials are being produced in the country and the Union Chemicals and Fertiliser Minister Mr Sadananda Gowda has promised to supply enough medicines to Karnataka.
According to an official statement issued by the office of the Deputy Commissioner, Dharwad, Mr. Nitesh Patil, Currently, 78 Patients from Thirteen North Karnataka Districts including Dharwad, Belagavi, Bagalkot, Vijayapura, Koppal and Raichur with Black fungus are undergoing treatment in the KIMS Hospital.