The Telangana Health Department declared Mucormycosis, also known as Black Fungus, a notifiable disease under the Epidemic Diseases Act 1897 on Wednesday. Both government and private health facilities must report all reported and verified cases to the Health Department, according to a notification from the Director of Public Health’s office. It also gave medical supervisors of all government and private hospitals to ensure strict compliance and send a daily report to the Integrated Disease Surveillance Programme.
The state has registered about 50 Black Fungus cases in government hospitals and another 30 to 40 in private hospitals, according to the Health Department. The state-run ENT hospital and Gandhi General Hospital in Hyderabad have already been designated to treat such cases.
The hospitals were also told to meet the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare’s and the Indian Council of Medical Research’s recommendations for Mucormycosis screening, diagnosis, and treatment.
Minister KT Rama Rao, who has been dealing with emergency requests for medications, beds, oxygen cylinders, and concentrators, said that anyone in need of Black Fungus medicines should submit an official email request to the Director of Medical Education and ENT hospital in a specific format.