Agartala: Tripura government has issued an alert after detection of the first case of Mucormycosis infection commonly known as black fungus in the state on Friday in a private hospital here.
However, former health minister and BJP MLA Sudip Roybarman expressed a serious resentment over the announcement of black fungus infection without any double-check at the government laboratory, which according to him, was an instance of callousness and irresponsible act of the government that unnecessarily triggered a panic button.
The government spokesperson also education minister Ratan Lal Nath told media last night that a 68 –yrs old sexagenarian woman in Tripura was diagnosed with Black fungus and has been getting treated in a private hospital. As instructed by the centre, immediately after reporting the black fungus case, the state government has included Mucormycosis as a notifiable disease under the Epidemic Diseases Act, 1987.
Nath said his government is working to combat Covid-19 pandemic through augmented bed capacity, oxygen-supported beds and other kinds of support system.
Referring to experts, the minister said especially the diabetic patients,cancer patients and HIV positive whose immune systems have been compromised and got infected with Covid-19 are highly prone to black fungus infection but it is not much concerning for normal Covid patients or others.
Meanwhile, the former health minister came down heavily on the government and said, “I strongly object to the validity of the state government announcement of finding black fungus infection in a patient admitted in a private hospital. How the government could come out with a statement based on the finding of a private laboratory. Why was it not confirmed by the Microbiologist of the designated laboratory at Agartala Govt Medical College?”