Meghalaya NGO urges govt to be prepared to deal with 'Black Fungus' 


The Hynniewtrep Youth Council (HYC), a social organisation of Meghalaya, has advised the state government to prepare itself to deal with black fungus, a disease that has claimed the lives of many people across the country. 

HYC general secretary Roy Kupar Synrem referred to the first reported case of Mucormycosis, also known as Black Fungus, in the neighbouring state of Assam on Wednesday, which resulted in the death of one person who is said to be a recovered Covid-19 patient. 

He pointed out that with the sharp rise of the disease in the last couple of weeks, some states like Telangana, Karnataka, Rajasthan and Haryana have already taken a decision to declare 'Black Fungus' as a Notified disease.

He has urged the Meghalaya Government to take precautionary measures by issuing necessary advisories and SOPs to fight the 'Black Fungus' disease in the state in addition to the fight against the second wave of COVID-19.

“Cases are on the rise. We cannot ignore the fact that the Black Fungus infection is a reality and may also hit us if we are not prepared to fight it. Therefore, it is better to be safe than sorry and prepare for the worst than being helpless and wait for the disease to hit the population of the State, especially the COVID-19 patients”, he said.

In this connection, the organisation has urged the State Government and the Health Department to ramp up the health infrastructures and manpower, and keep buffer stocks of medical supplies to fight the disease if and when it starts infecting the people.

(Edited by Ibankyntiew Mawrie)

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