Black Fungus: Odisha forms panel for monitoring cases

Bhubaneswar: The Odisha Government has formed a 7-member state-level committee for monitoring cases of Black Fungus among COVID-19 patients.

“In view of the reported rise in the incidence of Mucormycosis (Black Fungus) amongst the COVID-19 patients on Cortico steroids and other immunosuppressive drugs and also amongst patients in the post COVID period across our state, a State Level Committee is constituted,” a notification of the Health Department said.

Here’s the list of the members of the panel:

The committee will monitor the cases of Mucormycosis in patients admitted to different hospitals in the State and formulate a guideline for early detection and management of such cases, if detected, the notification said.

Also, all Government Medical Colleges in the state shall constitute an expert committee each comprising of members from department of Medicine and/or Pulmonary medicine, Dermatology, ENT, Ophthalmology and Neurology (if available) for coordination of diagnosis and management of such cases, it said.

All Government Medical Colleges will create facilities for detection and management of such cases in the department of ENT and Ophthalmology for RT-PCR negative and/or post COVID patients. The active COVID 19 patients when detected to have Mucormycosis will continue treatment with support of ENT and Ophthalmology faculties/consultants.

All hospitals (Government, Corporate, Missionary & Private) shall report the admission of any case of Mucormycosis and investigation records to DPH, Odisha ([email protected]) only after confirmation of the cases, the notification added.

Also read– Black Fungus: Cause, Symptoms, Treatment And All You Need To Know.

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