*1,784 cases of black fungus reported in Karnataka; sufficient medicine allocated to state: Health and Medical Education Minister Dr.K.Sudhakar*
*Govt considering to include Black Fungus treatment under Ayushman Bharat Arogya Karnataka scheme*
*Bengaluru, May 5, Saturday*
1,784 cases of black fungus have been reported in the state and 62 have recovered. Sufficient medicine had been allocated to state, said health and medical education minister Dr.K.Sudhakar.
Speaking to media he said that about 1,564 people are being treated for black fungus in the state. About 2-3 weeks of treatment is necessary and it takes about 5-6 weeks for complete recovery. 62 people have recovered and unfortunately 111 people have lost their lives due to black fungus, said minister.
9,750 vials of Amphotericin B drug used for treatment of black fungus has been allocated to Karnataka by centre. 8,860 vials have been received yesterday. So far we have received 18,650 vials. 8,860 vials have been used by government hospitals and 9,740 vials have been provided to private hospitals, informed the minister.
About 70-75 lakh people will be provided vaccine in this month. About 1.5 crore doses have been administered in the state so far. By the end of June about 2.25 crore people would have received atleast one dose of vaccine in our state. Everyone will be vaccinated soon, he added.
*Black Fungus treatment under ABArK*
Many lower middle-class and low income people are coming to govt hospitals for treatment of black fungus and free treatment is being provided in all govt hospitals and medical colleges. CM has announced that treatment cost will be borne by govt and it costs 2-3 lakh for every person. Govt is also considering to include it in ABArK scheme, he said.
Post-covid centres are being set up in hospitals to ensure monitoring of post-covid complications and treatment. Doctors are also being trained about post-covid complications. Not everyone who recovered form covid will have complications. Only those who were administered with high dosage of steroid and underwent prolonged ICU treatment may face complications. But all these can be treated and cured, he added.
The second wave may subdue in state by end of June. But we need to continue to follow precautions. Although the hepatitis-b vaccine was found in 1982, it was introduced in India only in 2002. So it took 20 years for India to get hepatitis-b vaccine. But we have got home grown vaccine within one year for Covid. If opposition parties still politicise vaccination, people will teach them a lesson, he said.