New Delhi: Congress Parliamentary Party (CPP) chairperson Sonia Gandhi on Saturday called Prime Minister Narendra Modi on liposomal amphotericin-B injection. It is written that the deficiency of the disease and the disease is not covered under the Ayushman Bharat Scheme.
In a letter to the Prime Minister, Sonia Gandhi said that the government has asked the states to declare mucormycosis as an epidemic under the Epidemic Diseases Act. This means that there must be adequate production and supply of essential medicines and cost-free treatment for its treatment. People in need of treatment should have free patient care. He said that I think liposomal amphotericin-B is necessary for the treatment of mucormycosis. However, there are reports of its acute shortage in the market. Also, the disease is not included in Ayushman Bharat and most other health insurance products.
He urged the Prime Minister to take immediate action to provide relief to a large number of patients suffering from mucormycosis. His remarks came after reports that many patients were complaining about the lack of injections. Several states have declared mucormycosis an epidemic in the last few days.
There have been about 8,848 cases of mucormycosis (black fungus) in India so far, which is one of the fastest-spreading infections among those recovering from Covid-19. Keeping in mind the increasing number of infections, the central government has emphasized accelerating the allocation of vials of amphotericin-B, a major drug for the treatment of black fungus. In this direction, Union Chemicals and Fertilizers Minister DV Sadananda Gowda has announced the allocation of 23,680 additional vials of Amphotericin-B.