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Black fungus declared an epidemic in J&K

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Spread of any information for management of mucormycosis without permission of health dept prohibited

Srinagar: The Jammu and Kashmir administration on Monday declared black fungus (Mucormycosis) an epidemic in the state.

A notification regarding the same was issued by Health and Medical Education Department of the Union Territory under Section 2 of the Epidemic Disease Act 1897.

This comes few days after the Centre directed all the states and UTs to make black fungus a notifiable disease.

According to the notification, all the government and private health facilities and medical colleges are required to follow the guidelines for screening, diagnosis and management of the disease issued by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW), Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) and J&K government as amended from time to time.

The guidelines make it mandatory for all such facilities to report suspected and confirmed cases to the health department through district-level officers and Integrated Disease Surveillance Program (IDSP).

The notification further read, “no person, institution or organisation will use any print, electronic or any other media for mucormycosis without prior permission from Director Health Service Jammu/ Kashmir.”

The DHS will constitute a committee headed by Chief Medical Officer (CMO) of the concerned district, which will have specialist of Internal Medicine, Ophthalmology, ENT and Epidemiologist as members to review any violations.

The violators will be punished under Section 188 of Indian Penal Code.

Jammu and Kashmir reported its first death due to black fungus on Friday after a 40-year-old Covid-19 recovered patient died of mucormycosis at Government Medical College and Hospital (GMCH), Jammu

As per the officials of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, Government Dental College, Srinagar, one case of mucormycosis was successfully operated in the institution in Nov 2020 and another strong suspect case is presently admitted there.

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