As India battles the second wave of Coronavirus and is preparing for the third wave, the danger of another epidemic, Mucormycosis dubbed Black fungus hovers over its head. Image source: Zee news
Congress Parliamentary Party, chairperson Sonia Gandhi on Saturday may 22nd wrote a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, expressing concern over the shortage of the drug, Amphotericin B, which is used in treating, Mucormycosis, aka Black Fungus. The letter comes as states across India are reporting a shortage of antifungal drugs. Issues addressed: Ms. Gandhi cited the center’s advisory to the states on declaring Mucormycosis as an epidemic under the Epidemic disease Act, which means there must be adequate production and supply of medicines. However, there have been reports of a scarcity of medicines in the market. Further, the illness is not covered in Ayushman Bharat Scheme that aims to provide free health insurance to India’s poor and marginalized families, and most other health insurance products. The Congress chief urged PM Modi to take immediate action and requested the center to be prepared with adequate production and assured supply of essential medicines. Virtual meet: Prime Minister held a virtual meeting with the health workers of Varanasi, addressing the new challenge faced by our country, i.e. of Black Fungus, and described the virus as the unseen and shifting enemy. He further said they must prepare the country to fight the fatal condition increasingly being reported among Covid-19 patients. Amphotericin-B distribution in a large amount: The Union Minister for Chemicals and Fertilizers Shri D. V. Sadananda Gowda announced that after a detailed review of the rising number of cases of Mucormycosis in various states, 23680 additional vials of Amphotericin- B have been allocated to all States/UTs on Saturday. Union Health Ministry: The Union Health Ministry on Friday said it has given license to five more manufactures for production of Amphotericin-B and they will start producing 1,11,000 vials of the drug per month from July.