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HYDERABAD: Three Covid-19 recovered patients have died of mucormycosis in the last three days, officials said on Friday, even as hundreds of applications seeking injection to treat what is now commonly known as ‘black fungus’ poured in from various parts of Telangana.
In Nizamabad’s Sirikonda village, A Bhumayya, who was recovering from Covid-19, developed symptoms of black fungus and succumbed on Friday morning. In another incident in Suryapet, a 50-year-old patient died in the early hours of Thursday after being treated in the area hospital, while the third death was recorded in Parakal on Wednesday when a person named Sudarshan succumbed to mucormycosis.

“There are also unconfirmed reports of one death each from Kamareddy and Nalgonda districts from black fungus. But it needs to be checked,” a senior health official said.
Health department sources said a local TRS leader from Khammam town was taken to a private hospital in Bengaluru for treatment of mucormycosis, but he breathed his last on Wednesday. He was infected with Covid-19 after the recent civic polls.
ENT Koti sets up new ward to treat mucor
With an increasing number of cases, the designated treatment centre ENT Koti has set up another ward for the treatment of black fungus patients. On Wednesday, the hospital had 59 patients and added 59 more by Friday. Efforts are on to convert this hospital for the treatment of black fungus with 200 beds from the present strength of 50 beds.
“This year, more cases of mucormycosis are surfacing because of more Covid-19 cases. It most affects diabetic patients who are admitted in ICU for other ailments and not just for Covid-19,” Dr Raja Rao, superintendent, Gandhi Hospital, said. The expert committee reportedly received more than 700 applications for Liposomal Amphotericin B, Posaconazole and Isavuconazole for treatment.
For the treatment, each patient needs 21 vials. “We have only 300 injections available, earlier the need was very less and companies also stopped manufacturing. Now immediate availability will be difficult as they have to import raw material from other countries like Germany,” a top official told TOI. The state-run Gandhi Hospital has also created a separate ward for these patients and around 25 patients are being treated there.

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