No case of detected in Kashmir: Dr Naveed
Jammu: The first ‘Black Fungus’ (mucormycosis) patient in J&K succumbed on Friday at Government Medical College (GMC) Hospital Jammu.
College Principal and Microbiology Department head, Dr Shashi Sudon, said that the patient has succumbed despite best efforts of doctors and paramedics to save him.
“Yes, the patient has succumbed despite our best efforts. He was operated and shifted to ICU for post operative management, but he succumbed in the afternoon today,” he said.
According to the doctor, the patient was suffering from post Covid opportunistic fungal infection. “He was seriously compromised as his blood sugar level was 900 mg/dL when he was admitted,” Sudon said.
This is the first confirmed case of black fungus in J&K. The pandemic has refused to relent in J&K despite the number of daily cases having declined due to the corona curfew imposed in all the 20 districts of the UT.
Authorities are likely to extend the ongoing corona curfew up to May 31 as it otherwise ends on Monday.
Meanwhile, leading pulmonologist and HoD of CD hospital here Dr Naveed Nazir Shah said that there is no case of Mucormycosis or ‘black fungus’ in Kashmir Valley.
The statement comes on a day when a 40-year-old patient from Poonch—who had recuperated of covid-19—died at GMC Jammu.
“There is no case of Mucormycosis in Kashmir Valley,” he said, underlining that there was no need to panic.
He said Mucormycosis is a serious rare fungal infection caused by a group of molds called mucormycetes. “Mucormycosis mainly affects people who have health problems or take medicines that lower the body’s ability to fight germs and sickness,” he said, adding, “its symptoms include one-sided facial swelling, headache, nasal or sinus congestion, black lesions on nasal bridge or upper inside of mouth that quickly become more severe and fever.”
Mucormycosis, he said, is particularly dangerous because it spreads quickly throughout the body. “Left untreated, the infection can spread to the lungs or the brain. This can cause a brain infection.”
He however reiterated that there was no need to panic. “Take advise from your doctor in case you get covid-19. Control your sugars and boost up your immunity,” he said, adding, “People should not take medicine unnecessarily without prescription of doctor.” (With inputs from GNS)