Uttarakhand begins production of injections used to treat Black Fungus

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Faced with rising black fungus cases, the Uttarakhand government announced the production of injections used in the treatment of the disease known medically as mucormycosis.

Mucormycosis is a fungal infection caused by exposure to mucor mould commonly found in soil, plants, manure, and decaying fruits and vegetables. As of now, Amphotericin-B injections, an anti-fungal drug, are being used to treat the disease.

Informing about the same, Director General-Health of Uttrakhand, Dr. Tripti Bahuguna, has said that the production of injections used in the treatment of black fungus has begun in Rudrapur, Uttarakhand. She said a consignment of 12,000 injections will be delivered by Thursday, after which the state is expected to get some respite from this disease.

Dr. Bahuguna pointed out that these injections were not produced in bulk as mucormycosis was a very rare condition. “Raw material for the injection has to be brought from outside,” she said.

The doctor noted that standard operating procedures (SOPs) have been issued regarding treatment of black fungus, which she said was not a new disease but had flared up during the ongoing Covid-19 outbreak.

The Director General-Health of Uttrakhand also said there was a shortfall in vaccines, but fresh supply was coming in regularly. SII has provided 1.50 lakh vaccines of Covishield, and within the next week to 10 days, the state can ensure proper vaccination drive in the private hospitals.

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