New Delhi, May 22 (IANS) Over 200 Covid patients who suffered with mucormycosis or the 'black fungus' infection are being treated in more than a dozen hospitals in the national capital, said Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain on Saturday.Jain cautioned people to be watchful and not resort to self-medication, particularly with steroids.The health minister stated that as a large number of people have tested positive in Delhi and during the treatment several of them were given steroids, and therefore, people need to be very careful."Last year, 30-50 cases of black fungus were reported but this year the number has increased multiple times. It is being found this time a lot in post-Covid cases. We have to be watchful as a large number of people have tested positive in Delhi, several of them put on steroids, and many are diabetic in which case, if the sugar level is not maintained, it flares up," Jain added.He said the sugar levels of those who are diabetic and put on steroids, go up. This has to be monitored and brought under control through insulin injections, so people must do that too.Mucormycosis or black fungus is more common among people whose immunity has dropped owing to Covid, diabetes, kidney disease, liver or cardiac disorders, age-related issues, or those on medication for auto-immune diseases like rheumatoid arthritis.As per reports, around a dozen patients suffering from the infection have died in several hospitals in Delhi including at AIIMS, Sir Ganga Ram Hospital, Moolchand and Aakash Hospital.--IANSpd/ash
New Delhi, May 21 (IANS) With the rising number of cases of 'black fungus' in the capital complaints regarding shortage of Amphotericin B, a drug used to treat black fungus, have started coming in. Also, private hospitals are struggling to procure the suddenly in-demand drug.The private healthcares in Delhi have voiced concern that the rare 'fungal' infection is only going to increase in the days to come. As per the reports, several private hospitals have pointed out that a committee setup under the Delhi Government to provide medicines is causing delay in providing Amphotericin B due to a lot of paperwork having to be done for the purpose.Doctors said that in normal situations, they use drugs immediately but now they would have to undertake paperwork and get the drug use cleared by the government. They say the paperwork has certainly added to the hospitals' troubles. It's time consuming to fill in patient details on the government portal. The government could consider daily delivery of the drug to a hospital since it would be easier this way to check the usage as well.Replying to a query in the matter, Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain said on Friday that the supply of Amphotericin B and other required medicines are controlled by the Centre and the states are receiving supply of medicines as per the allotted quota. "Shortage of Amphotericin B is not only in Delhi but across the nation. Delhi government will provide it to the hospitals as soon as the medicine is received from the Centre," Jain added."The Centre will provide around 2000 injections of Amphotericin B and the state administration will supply it to the hospitals as soon as it is received," Jain added.An advisory issued by the Delhi Government stated that a committee has been formed to prevent the indiscriminate use of this injection and to establish a transparent, efficient and time-bound system of distribution of this drug to the needy Covid-19 patients on clinically approved grounds.--IANSpd/bg
New Delhi, May 21 (IANS) Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain said on Friday said that there were close to 200 cases of 'black fungus' reported so far in the Capital and advised people to report such cases immediately to doctors and not take medicines on their own.The minister stated that the health department of the Delhi government was taking steps to check the rising cases of black fungus in the city and making medicines available. "Once black fungus is confirmed, don't take medicines on your own and contact your doctor," Jain said said while talking to mediapersons on Friday.Due to surge in number of cases of 'black fungus', the Delhi government has decided to open dedicated centres at three hospitals - LNJP hospital, GTB hospital and Rajiv Gandhi hospital - for the treatment of the disease in Covid-19 recovered patients.Jain said that high sugar levels and the use of steroids during Covid treatment are linked to black fungus. "Steroids should only be used as per the advice of doctor," he said.Earlier on Thursday, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said that the mucormycosis will be declared as epidemic if the need so arises. He also urged hospitals to use steroids in a controlled manner.Hospitals in Delhi have reported increased number of back fungus cases among people recovering from the novel Coronavirus infection during the second wave of the disease.On Friday, Jain told the press that Delhi does not have Covishield stock left to vaccinate people in the 18-44 age group and many vaccination centres in the national capital will have to be shut today.--IANSpd/ash
New Delhi, May 19 (IANS) A day after the Centre removed convalescent plasma therapy from the country's clinical management guidelines for Covid-19, terming it ineffective in reducing the progression to severe disease, Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain on Wednesday said "it may still be used for treatment at the advice of doctors.""Plasma therapy has been dropped from the specific methodology of Covid treatment, however, on the suggestion of doctors, it can still be initiated. It depends on a case-to-case basis, and will be done only after the recommendation of the doctor. Nevertheless, we must know that there is no sure-shot specific medicine meant only for treatment against Covid -19," Jain said.In July last year, Delhi became the first state to start a plasma bank at the Institute of Liver and Biliary Sciences (ILBS) in Vasant Kunj. Two others at the Delhi government's Lok Nayak and Guru Teg Bahadur hospitals were started later.Jain asserted that a downward trend in cases and the reduced positivity rate in the city is a hopeful sign, but people need to follow Covid protection guidelines strictly until the daily positivity rate is reduced to 2 percent.Delhi has reported 3,846 new Covid cases and the daily positivity rate declined to 5.78 per cent in the last 24 hours, according to the Delhi government's health bulletin issued on Wednesday."We have dropped down from 28,000 cases to around 4000, hence, this is a hopeful sign. However, we must strive towards having a positivity rate below 5 per cent and preferably around 2 per cent. We cannot afford complacency and must follow Covid-appropriate behaviour," Jain said.On the situation of Covid beds in Delhi, Jain said there are nearly 27,000 beds as of now. Approximately 6,500 of these are ICU beds, of which 1200 are vacant. Furthermore, he highlighted that "black fungus or mucormycosis" can be treated through the standard protocol only, and not at home."The medicines need to be available in the hospitals as black fungus cannot be treated at homes. It is meant to be treated in hospitals, under the supervision of doctors. All measures are being taken to maintain the supply of medicines in the hospitals. The supply was less and we have demanded one lakh units of the medicine for the treatment of black fungus," Jain added.--IANSpd/bg
New Delhi, March 30 (IANS) Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain on Tuesday said the department will review the surge of Covid-19 cases in the national Capital and the availability of Intensive Care Units (ICU) beds, especially for Coronavirus infected patients.Jain's statement came amid reports that some private hospitals in Delhi were facing a shortage of ICU beds.Jain, however, reiterated that these reports came from just one or two private hospitals and that the situation will be corrected. "We'll review the Covid-19 situation and other issues today. Shortage of beds came from one or two private hospitals and that situation will be corrected," he added.Jain further stated that there was no shortage of ICU beds or ventilators in government hospitals in Delhi, pointing out that Delhi's hospitals are treating patients from within the capital and even those from outside with serious illnesses are coming here for treatment.As Delhi witnesses another surge in coronavirus infections, several private hospitals and one government hospital in the city face a shortage of intensive care unit (ICU) beds with ventilators, according to the Delhi government's Corona' application.According to the application, all ICU beds with ventilators in the Central government's Northern Railway hospital, for instance are occupied. The condition is the same in the Holy Family Hospital in Okhla, the Fortis Hospital and the Max SS Hospital (both in Shalimar Bagh), the Navjeevan Hospital in Pitampura, the Kalra Hospital in Kirti Nagar and the Fortis SS hospital in Vasant Kunj, as per the app.Other institutions which have run out of such beds include the Indian Spinal Injury Centre in Vasant Kunj, the Maharaja Agrasen Hospital in Punjabi Bagh, the Sri Balaji Action Medical Insititute in Paschim Vihar, the Ayushman Hospital in Dwarka and the Mool Chand Khairati Ram Hospital in Lajpat Nagar.Besides this, 48 out of 76 private hospitals are running low on ICU beds with ventilators, with only one bed available in Sir Gangaram Hospital, showing that the city is unprepared to deal with a major surge at the moment.Meanwhile, 536 Covid-19 ICU beds with ventilators out of 785, 880 ICU beds without ventilators out of 1,213 and 4,305 normal Covid-19 beds out of 5,777 are available, as per the latest data from Delhi government's mobile app on Covid-related information.According to the application, 31.8 per cent of the ICU beds with ventilators are occupied across the city, while 27 per cent of ICU beds without ventilators are filled. On the brighter side, only 25 per cent of normal Covid-19 beds are in use.--IANSpd/ash
New Delhi- Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain on Friday said that the Covid-19 pandemic is now settling down as an endemic, but people still need to remain vigilant.
"I feel now that after all the three waves of the coronavirus which hit the city, the virus is dying eventually. Now it is no more a pandemic but an endemic. The infection will not be eradicated much like other diseases but the surge is on the wane. I hope we won't see 8,600 cases in a day. I feel we are out of the danger zone but we still need to take proper precautions, masks and social distancing needs to be maintained," he said.
The minister said the pandemic has affected many lives, however, Delhi successfully managed to sail through the tough times.
"Delhi government made calculated and well-thought-of moves, especially when it introduced the home isolation system which proved to be highly effective. At a time, when the focus was on ventilators, we were the first to take into consideration BiPAP and HFNC machines, and not stress on ventilators," he said at an event organized at the Delhi Assembly to felicitate 76 frontline workers of Delhi government-run Lok Nayak Jai Prakash (LNJP) Hospital.
Applauding the efforts of these frontline workers, the minister said that LNJP hospital has put up a brave fight against the virus and remains the only hospital that has treated over 11,000 patients of Covid-19.
"It was India's first hospital dedicated fully to Covid patients. When we introduced Plasma therapy, the first trial was conducted at LNJP Hospital under the supervision of its very proficient staff. The very first plasma bank, started on July 2, was established at LNJP Hospital. This pandemic put us all in a fix when it came to finding a solution pertaining to its cure. However, the government, doctors and staff at the hospital worked day and night to bring forth new solutions to fight this virus," he added.
"I want to applaud every member of the staff, for putting the interests of the public before their own. What they have done will act as an idol for the generations to come," Jain added. (IANS)