The number of persons affected with mucormycosis or black fungus has crossed 1,000 in the State said M. Subramaniam, Minister for Health and Family Welfare Department
“The Chief Minister has written to the Union Health Minister seeking allotment of 35,000 vials of the drug for the State. We are distributing the 3,060 vials according to the disease severity and requirement,” the health minister told media persons at the Government Medical College Hospital, Omandurar Estate. The State required 35,000 vials of amphotericin B whereas it has received 3,060 vials for treatment of mucormycosis, He said
A 150-bed ward to treat patients suffering from mucormycosis was opened at the Government Stanley Medical College (SMC) Hospital. The ward consisted of 150 oxygen-supported beds including 40 intensive care unit beds with ventilator facility and an operation theatre to perform surgical procedures when required.
On the occasion, a digital patient information board displaying the present health status of in-patients admitted to SMC was inaugurated by Udhayanidhi Stalin, Member of Legislative Assembly of Chepauk-Triplicane in the presence of Health Minister. He also flagged off eight battery cars and received 75 oxygen concentrators of five litres capacity from Sunil Paliwal, chairman of Kamaraj Port Trust. The Kamaraj Port Trust made the donation under Corporate Social Responsibility, according to a press release.