Updated: June 23, 2021 7:13:25 am
While the test positivity rate for Covid-19 has decreased in most districts of Andhra Pradesh, the rise in the number of black fungus cases has left officials in the state worried. The state has registered 2,772 black fungus cases so far, of which 922 needed surgery.
During a review meeting on Tuesday, Chief Minister Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy said extra precautions need to be taken as the lockdown imposed in neighbouring states is being relaxed, and inter-state migration has resumed.
In many of the black fungus cases, an eye or portion of the jaw had to be removed to prevent the fungus from causing more damage. While 212 patients died, 1,232 have recovered and have been discharged. Principal Secretary (Health) A K Singhal said the state has enough stocks of injections and tablets to treat black fungus, and that hospitals have made separate arrangements to treat patients with black fungus symptoms. Officials said that most of the patients with black fungus symptoms, with swollen eyes or faces, are those who have recovered from Covid-19. A majority of them are also diabetics, an official said.
The positivity rate has decreased in all the districts except East Godavari (5.65 per cent).
On Tuesday, the state reported 4,169 new cases and 53 Covid-related deaths. Officials said that 2,655 ICU beds and 13,824 oxygen beds are available at present and 91.48 per cent of the total beds were occupied.
Meanwhile, the state is preparing to conduct another vaccination drive to administer up to 20 lakh jabs in a day after a record-breaking drive on Sunday when 13,45,004 doses were given. “The mechanism to administer 20-25 lakh jabs in a single day is already there in the state.. Once enough vaccines are available, we will hold the vaccine drive,” Health Minister A K Krishna Srinivas said.
In preparation for the probable third wave, the state is acquiring 10,000 D-type oxygen cylinders which will arrive on Thursday, and 12,187 oxygen concentrators will be available by July 15. Steps were being taken to provide oxygen facilities to 50 or more hospitals. Another 20 ISO tankers will reach the state by July 5.
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