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New discharge policy to prevent Black Fungus infection: Health Minister Dr K Sudhakar

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Advisory to avoid administering steroids during first week of Covid treatment

Bengaluru:It has been decided to formulate a new discharge policy and post-Covid precautions for patients who have recovered from Covid-19 infection,” said Health and Medical Education Minister Dr K Sudhakar.

He was speaking to media after meeting experts on containment of black fungus infection.

There is more clarity now after meeting with experts. It has been found that administering steroids in the first week of treatment of Covid-19 is one of the main causes of black fungus infection. We need to avoid this and steroids should be administered only from second week. There are about 95 cases of black fungus which are being treated at Bangalore Medical College. 75 cases out of them have either uncontrolled diabetes or have been administered steroids during covid treatment. Therefore we have decided to come up with a discharge policy to prevent infection in future,” explained the Minister.

During discharge, covid patients will be tested for any fungus infection and will also be subjected to MRI scan if necessary. All the district hospitals have been instructed to have a dedicated post-covid ward.

After one week of discharge, covid recovered persons should get themselves tested here or they can also get a tele-consultation. Every Covid recovered person will be contacted to check for any symptoms of fungus infection. If symptoms are found they will be called to hospitals for further diagnosis, said Dr K Sudhakar.

Post-recovery, patients will be contacted for about 7 to 15 days based on their condition. It has been found in preliminary report that the infection is reported in small hospitals, taluk hospitals and those under home isolation in some cases. We will get more clarity in the final report. The committee headed by Dr Ambika will soon submit the final report, Minister said.

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