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HIGHLIGHTS:

  • The Bihar government authorities after monitoring the notifiable disease provided an early warning of possible outbreak
  • Until Friday, Bihar reported 117 cases of Black Fungus
  • 14,000 vials of Liposomal Amphotericin-B injection, a specific drug for the treatment of black fungus has been diverted by Bihar
  • 6,000 vials of the injection from the stock of the black fungus treatment drug were made available to different hospitals
  • The AIIMS Patna have allotted a separate 20-bed ward for effective treatment of Mucormycosis cases

Under Section 2 of Epidemic Disease Act 1897, the Bihar government declared Mucormycosis or Black Fungus disease as an epidemic on Saturday.

Bihar’s health minister Mangal Pandey tweeted that CM Nitish Kumar announced the notifiable Black fungus disease as an epidemic under Epidemic Disease Act 1897 and patients suffering from this will get free medication.

A few days ago, the Centre had asked states to declare Black Fungus as an epidemic under the Epidemic Disease Act within the pandemic. Until Friday, Bihar reported 117 cases of Black Fungus.

Bihar Chief Health Secretary Pratyaya Amrit said that on May 18 the Bihar government had designated the AIIMS-Patna and the IGIMS as centres of excellence for the treatment of Mucormycosis. The AIIMS have allotted a separate 20-bed ward for effective treatment of such cases.

Bihar CM Nitish Kumar started RT-PCR testing vans that will move in rural areas to speed up testing for Covid-19.

Around 14,000 vials of Liposomal Amphotericin-B injection, a specific drug for the treatment of black fungus has been diverted by Bihar while 6,000 vials of the injection from this stock were made available to different hospitals.