Details sought about 'black fungus' among COVID patients: K'taka minister
The Karnataka government has sought information from health experts about black fungus being detected among COVID patients in the country, Health Minister K Sudhakar said on Wednesday. Addressing reporters at Chikkaballapura, he said, I had a discussion with the technical advisory committee and the clinicians to submit a detailed report on black fungus in two days.
Addressing reporters at Chikkaballapura, he said, ''I had a discussion with the technical advisory committee and the clinicians to submit a detailed report on black fungus in two days. Based on that, we will take a call.'' The minister was replying to a query on media reports that the cases of black fungus or mucormycosis, a rare fungal infection, are on the rise among COVID-19 patients in some states, including Karnataka.
He said the government wants to learn about the disease and its treatment.
To another question on the rising double-mutant variants of COVID, Sudhakar said he has ordered genealogical studies and its sequencing.
''Some have called it Indian variant also. It is behaving more erratically than the British variant. We are monitoring its movement as well. Some other countries are also studying it,'' the minister said.
On improving health infrastructure and medical care at the Taluk level, the minister said the process to recruit 2,480 doctors and specialists at the Taluk level had been going on for the past four-five months, which has now reached the final level.
''In the next two days, a gazette order will come for their recruitment.
Besides this, the state has 50 oxygenated beds and six ventilators in each Taluk hospital.
Karnataka has shown a declining trend in the COVID cases for the past two days reporting less than 40,000 infections from over 50,000 cases a few days back.
To bring the spread of COVID under control, the Karnataka government has imposed a lockdown-like stringent restriction in the state from May 10 to May 24 morning following the advice of the ministers, technical advisory committee, and the opposition leaders.
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