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Shortage of medicines to fight black fungal infections in Delhi hospitals: Kejriwal

New Delhi | Amid the second wave of the Kovid epidemic, Delhi is not only grappling with a vaccine shortage, but also a shortage of medicines needed to treat patients suffering from black fungus infection. This was said by Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Monday. A large number of cases of black fungus have been diagnosed in the last few days and so far more than 500 patients are being treated in more than a dozen hospitals in the national capital.

Kejriwal said that many government hospitals dedicated to covid care are struggling with a shortage of medicines for patients. These include Guru Tegh Bahadur, Lok Nayak Jai Prakash and Rajiv Gandhi Super Specialty Hospital.

Kejriwal said the Delhi government did not receive medicines for the black fungus on Sunday, while the number of cases crossed 500.

Asking questions, the Chief Minister said, “We did not get the medicine yesterday.” In such a situation, how can we treat patients without medicine? The injection is given four to five times a day. If we will not be given injections then how can we treat patients?

Kejriwal said that today Delhi requires around 2,000 injections per day for patients infected with black fungus, but only 400 to 500 injections are being made available in the capital.

He said, the drug is highly deficient and its production should be increased. Since 4-5 injections are required daily and there are about 500 patients, we need 2,000 injections per day, but we are getting only 400 to 500 injections.

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