Tripura has reported its first case of Black Fungus infection on Friday, adding more worries to the health authorities while the state is already battling with the massive spike in Covid 2.0.
Tripura Education minister Ratanlal Nath has confirmed the first case of Black Fungus or Mucormycosis infection in a press conference at the civil secretariat.
Nath said, "A 68-year-old woman has been identified to be infected with the Black Fungus. She is now under treatment at a private hospital."
He also said, "The Tripura Government has declared Black Fungus as a notifiable disease under Epidemic Disease Act."
Meanwhile, the Union Health Ministry had written to States and Union Territories to make mucormycosis a notifiable disease under the Epidemic Diseases Act, 1897, stating that the infection is leading to prolonged morbidity and mortality amongst COVID-19 patients.
According to health experts, the treatment of this fungal infection requires a multidisciplinary approach consisting of eye surgeons, ENT specialists, general surgeon, neurosurgeon and dental maxillofacial surgeon, among others, and institution of Amphotericin-B injection as an antifungal medicine.
Addressing the press conference, the minister said, "The state government has formed a 4-member paediatric committee to look after the COVID19 infection among the children. The decision came as the state recently Covid infection among 36 children of two orphanages of the capital city".
As the COVID19 cases are rising continuously, the overall situation is being monitored closely and steps are being taken to bring it under control.An official report said Tripura has recorded the highest single-day count of Covid tests during the past 24 hours.
"Tests of as many as 11,438 samples have been conducted in the past 24 hours. Among them, 863 samples have tested positive while two more Covid deaths have been reported taking the death toll to 454. Besides, 332 patients have recovered. Now, the figure of active cases stands 6473," the report said.
He said, giving a major boost to the fight against the COVID19, a consignment of 75,000 Covishield doses reached Tripura on Friday.
"As the Tripura Government pushed an aggressive vaccination drive, 15,34,142 doses have already been administered. A total of 10,27,399 people have received the first dose while the second dose has been given to 5,06,743 people," Nath told the reporters.
Sharing more details, Nath said, a total of 51,934 healthcare workers, 86,976 frontline workers, 5,18,461 people in the 45-59 age group, 3,23,320 people in the above 60 age group and more 46,704 people in the 18-44 age group have already been administered the first dose.
In a special drive, 766 journalists, photojournalists and media persons have been vaccinated as frontline warriors, he added.
A press statement from the office of Chief Secretary said, the administration so far collected Rs. 99,31,500 as fine money from 51,588 people for violating COVID19 guidelines especially for not wearing masks. On Mask Enforcement Days between May 2 and 16, the administration has imposed fines on 3,098 persons, the release said.
As the COVID19 cases are rising continuously, the overall situation is being monitored closely and steps are being taken to bring it under control.