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Mucormycosis kills 518 people in Maharashtra, prompts the Bombay High Court to ask the Union to consider increasing amphotericin B allocation

Lawstreet Journal 22 Jun 2021 9:49pm

Image courtesy: Lawstreet Journal Executive Mucormycosis kills 518 people in Maharashtra, prompts the Bombay High Court to ask the Union to consider increasing amphotericin B allocation

In light of an increase in patients suffering from Mucormycosis, or black-fungus, the Bombay High Court has asked the Union Government to consider increasing the allocation of Amphotericin B injection to Maharashtra. 

The court also asked the Union government for information on the injection's state-by-state distribution so that it could assess its fairness. On Tuesday (June 8, 2021) the observation was made by a division bench of Chief Justice Dipankar Datta and Justice GS Kulkarni, while hearing a slew of public interest lawsuits on the issue of COVID management in the state.

Ashutosh Kumbhakoni, the Advocate General of Maharashtra, informed the bench that there were 6,287 mucormycosis patients in the state as of June 7, of which 518 had died, 1,695 had been discharged, and 4,033 were undergoing treatment. 

Another 41 patients were released despite medical advice. The court was also informed that, while in-house manufacturing at the Haffkine Institute in Mumbai would produce about 40,000 vials by June 10, this would not be enough to treat the over 6,200 cases because each patient required four to five injections per day for three to four weeks.

For the Union government, Additional Solicitor General Anil Singh informed the bench that the Centre's allocation for Maharashtra was 91,000 injections. However, the number of vials will be increased to 2.7 lakh. 

The court then inquired about the total number of black fungus cases across the country, to which Singh replied that the number was around 19,700. 

"According to the figures, Maharashtra should… Continue Reading...


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