Nagaland Declares ‘Black Fungus’ an Epidemic

Nagaland Declares 'Black Fungus' an Epidemic

Kohima, May 22 (NEx): Following the directions from the Central government, the Governor of Nagaland on Saturday declared Black Fungus, also known as Mucormycosis, as an epidemic; called, Nagaland Epidemic Diseases (Mucormycosis) Regulations 2021.

Earlier on Thursday, the Union Health Ministry had urged states and union territories to make black fungus or mucormycosis a notifiable disease under the Epidemic Diseases Act, 1897, stating that the infection is leading to prolonged morbidity and mortality amongst COVID-19 patients.

The Principal Secretary to Government of Nagaland, Amardeep S Bhatia, IAS notified that, ‘reports have been received of increasing incidence of Mucormycosis (Black Fungus) amongst immune compromised patients, especially COVID-19 patients on treatment with steroids and there is likelihood of the spread of the disease in the State also, and that the ordinary provisions of law for the time being in force are insufficient for the purpose to combat the emerging disease.’

‘Therefore, in order to reduce morbidity and mortality due to Mucormycosis and on account of its serious nature, the Governor of Nagaland declared Black Fungus (Mucormycosis) as an epidemic,’ Bhatia notified.

– “The Nagaland Epidemic Diseases (Mucormycosis) Regulations 2021, shall come into force immediately and remain valid for one year, Bhatia stated.

– All the Government and private healthcare facilities shall report each suspected and confirmed case of Mucormycosis to the respective Chief Medical Officer on daily basis, the notification said.

– The Chief Medical Officer shall compile and submit the district report to the Principal Director Health &Family Welfare, Nagaland on daily basis, it said.

– ‘All the Government and Private healthcare facilities shall follow the guidelines for screening, diagnosis, management of Mucormycosis, issued by Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, Government of India, Indian Council of Medical Research and Government of Nagaland, and amended from time to time,’ notification added.

– ‘All the Government and Private healthcare facilities shall submit complete Patient Records in case of deaths due to Mucormycosis through the respective Chief Medical Officer to the Principal Director Health & Family Welfare, Nagaland within 24 hours of the event. Principal Director, Health and Family Welfare may prescribe a format for reporting such deaths.’

– ‘No person/institution shall publish or circulate rumours or unauthenticated information regarding COVID-19 through any print or electronic media.’

– All other provisions of the Epidemic Diseases Act, 1897 and its Amendment, 2020 shall be applicable in any matters relating to Mucormycosis infection.

– No suit or legal proceedings shall lie against any person for anything done or intended to be done in good faith under these regulations, Bhatia notified.