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PMC increases health cover for urban poor for treatment of mucormycosis

The PMC has appealed to recovered Covid-19 patients to report to the nearest hospital as soon as they notice symptoms of the fungal infection.

Written by Ajay Jadhav | Pune |
Updated: May 19, 2021 7:09:39 pm
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With increasing number of cases of mucormycosis, the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) has decided to increase its health insurance cover for the urban poor to Rs 3 lakh for treatment of the serious fungal infection.

“Some of the patients recovering from Covid-19 are now suffering due to the serious ailment of mucormycosis… the treatment for the disease is expensive and often unaffordable to common people,” said Pune Mayor Murlidhar Mohol.

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The PMC has decided to include it in the list of diseases for which the civic body provides financial assistance for treatment in the 140 empanelled hospitals in the city, he said. The civic body, which was providing health insurance of up to Rs one lakh earlier, has extended the limit to Rs 3 lakh for treatment of mucormycosis. It is also going to reserve beds in the civic Dalvi Hospital for its treatment, Mohol said.

“A total of 15 beds will be reserved in the hospital for treatment of patients suffering from mucormycosis. The PMC is also equipping the operation theatre with the latest necessary items. The civic administration will also appoint an expert doctor in the hospital for treatment of patients suffering from mucormycosis,” he said.

The PMC has appealed to recovered Covid-19 patients to report to the nearest hospital as soon as they notice symptoms of the fungal infection. “Recovered patients should be careful… if the disease is diagnosed in the early stages, appropriate treatment can be started without delay. People should not be scared of it,” said the Mayor.

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