Assam: Dibrugarh records first Black Fungus case at AMCH
Dibrugarh recorded its first case of Black Fungus, also known as Mucormycosis at Assam Medical College and Hospital (AMCH) on June 19.
The 47-year-old male patient from Lakhimpur district was admitted to the AMCH on June 15 where he is undergoing treatment.
AMCH chief superintendent Dr Sanjeeb Kakati said that the patient is under advanced treatment and a team of doctors is monitoring his health condition.
“This is the first case of black fungus at the Assam Medical College and Hospital. The patient was admitted on June 15. Earlier he was undergoing treatment for COVID at the Lakhimpur civil hospital. Post-COVID he was admitted here with breathing issues and severe headaches,” said Dr Kakati.
This was the third case of Black Fungus in Assam after Guwahati and Silchar reported the first two cases.
“One of his eyes was swollen and red. He was a diabetic patient with very high blood sugar levels. Doctors carried out a CT scan while the ENT professors conducted a nasal endoscopy and his swab was collected. The microbiology reports received on Saturday confirmed that the patient was infected with black fungus,” Kakati informed.
He added, “We were well prepared for such emergencies, quick action was taken and the patient was administered the first dose of medicine within 30 minutes of the diagnosis. The patient will have to be under medication for three weeks and may also need surgery. He should recover”.
The state government had recently declared black fungus a notifiable disease, making it mandatory for healthcare units to report its cases to government authorities.
(Edited by Christopher Gatphoh)
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