The Telangana Government, on the 20th of May, declared ‘Mucormycosis,’ also known as Black Fungus to be a ‘notifiable disease’ under the Epidemic Diseases Act 1897.
Dr. G. Srinivasa Rao, the Director of Public Health and Family Welfare in Telangana released a notification regarding the same. He directed all the private and government hospitals of Telangana to follow the guidelines of the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare and the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) in screening, diagnosis and management of the Black Fungus infection.
In addition, the private and government hospitals of Telangana were also asked to report all suspected and confirmed cases of Black Fungus to the Telangana Health Department. The Medical Superintendents of all government and private hospitals would be responsible for the strict compliance of the issued guidelines. The Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) Government also asked medical superintendents to submit a daily report of the COVID-19 patients [email protected].
It is to be noted, besides Telangana, Rajasthan also declared the infection to be an epidemic.
Meanwhile, so far the State run Gandhi Hospital and ENT Hospital are the designated centres for the treatment of Black Fungus infection.
In addition, till date, 80 cases of Black Fungus have been reported in Telangana. All the cases are being treated at the private and government hospitals in the State.