‘Nothing to be worried about black fungus’

Staff Correspondent

27 May, 2021 12:00 AM printer

Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) told people not to be afraid of black fungus as it has been remaining in the environment since ancient time.

“No way should be panicked over the black fungus. Awareness is big tools to fight against it. It is a rare disease, there is no information that it affects many people,” Dr. Md. Nazmul Islam, spokesperson of the DGHS, said while speaking at its health bulletin on Wednesday.

Mentioning that the treatment of the black fungus disease is definitely expensive, he said the health directorate has been working on it for the last few days.

The clinical management committee of DGHS has been working to adopt a treatment guideline as early as possible to this end.

"We will give specific proposals within a very short time because the medicines to treat black fungus is not easily available. Considering this, we are working so that no one can take advantage (of the situation)," Nazmul Islam said.

He said that a health team of the DGHS is investigating the incidents of identifying patients with black fungus infection at a hospital.

The DGHS official said there will not be any misconception if people wait for the result of investigation being conducted on black fungus.

He said the black fungus may infect patients in post-Covid-19 situation and it may be within two to three weeks.

“The Covid-19 patients those who are taking treatment in home or returned home after taking treatment in hospital have to consult with doctors of nearest hospital or health complex if they see any new change which was not seen earlier,” he said.

Nazmul Islam, also Line Director (CDC) of the DGHS said people have to strictly maintain the health guidelines to remain protected from the diseases.

He also alerted not to use steroid and antibiotic medicine without prescription of doctors in a bid to avoid the black fungus.

Meanwhile, a suspected black fungus patient who is undergoing treatment at BIRDEM Hospital in the capital has fever but his physical condition is currently stable until Wednesday, the hospital sources said.

Bangladesh has reported two cases of black fungus or mucormycosis in patients who have recovered from Covid-19. They were detected at BIRDEM Hospital in the capital on May 8 and on May 23, hospital sources said.

However, a suspected 'black fungus' patient died at the BIRDEM hospital in the capital. The 65-year-old man breathed his last at BIRDEM Hospital while undergoing treatment three days ago.

The DGHS recently sent letters to the authorities concerned of districts across the country, asking them to remain alert about the deadly black fungus.

Health and Family Welfare Minister Zahid Maleque on Tuesday said there is nothing to be panicked over black fungus as it has not yet spread in the country.

According to health experts, mucormycosis or black fungus is a fungal infection, which is rare but can be fatal. In 50 percent of the cases, this fungal infection causes death. A patient suffering from the black fungus can be saved only by removing the bone around the eyes or jaw.

Mucormycosis is a fungal infection that causes blackening or discolouration over the nose, blurred or double vision, chest pain, breathing difficulties and coughing blood.

Black fungus was recently announced as an epidemic in four states in India. Just a few weeks after black fungus was terrifying people, reports of four cases of white fungus emerged in Patna. Reportedly, white fungus is more dangerous than the black fungus.

Doctors have also warned that delay in treatment can lead to death and so they must be taken with utmost seriousness, said a report of Times of India.

According to media reports on Wednesday, India currently has 11,717 patients of black fungus under treatment, Minister of Chemicals and Fertilizers DV Sadananda Gowda said.

Voicing concern over rising cases of black fungus, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi recently said the disease has emerged as a new challenge in India's battle against the Covid-19 pandemic. India has already declared black fungus as an epidemic.