Let Ayushman cover the black mushroom: Sonia Gandhi | India News
Head of Congress Sonia Gandhi
NEW DELHI: Congress boss Sonia gandhi on Saturday he urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to include mucormycosis (black fungus) in the Ayushman Bharat’s health insurance plan for the poor, as it underscored the lack of preparedness to fight the new disease and the shortage of a vital medicine needed for its treatment.
In a letter to Modi, he said the Center has asked states to declare mucormycosis an epidemic under the Epidemic Diseases Act, implying that there must be adequate production of drugs and free care for patients. He also noted that there are reports of a shortage of liposomal amphotericin B, which is essential for treating this infection. Sonia He said the disease is also not covered by Ayushman Bharat and other schemes.
“Please be kind enough to take immediate action on this matter to bring relief to the large number of patients suffering from mucormycosis,” he wrote.