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Black fungus declared an epidemic in Jammu and Kashmir; instruct all concerned to follow the guidelines. | India News

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Black fungus declared an epidemic in Jammu and Kashmir; instruct all concerned to follow the guidelines. | India News

SRINAGAR: The government of Jammu and Kashmir declared mucormycosis or black fungus as an epidemic on Monday under Section 2 of the Epidemic Diseases Act of 1897. It also released the Epidemic Diseases Regulations (MUCORMYCOSIS) of 2021.
The notification comes days after the government of India requested all states and territories in the union to declare Black Fungus as an epidemic under the EDA within the pandemic.
The J&K has already reported a death of Black Fungus in Jammu Municipal Corporation (JMC) Jammu with a 40-year-old man from Poonch being the victim while another strongly suspicious case was admitted to Faculty of Dentistry of the Government on Srinagar according to officials.
According to the notification, all government and private health centers, medical faculties must follow the guidelines for the detection, diagnosis and management of mucormycosis, issued by the MoHFW (Gol) / ICMR / Government of Jammu and Kashmir, according to amendments from time to time and compel all these facilities to report suspected and confirmed cases to Health Department through the district chiefs and the integrated disease surveillance program (IDSP).
“No person / institution or organization shall disseminate information or material for the management of mucormycosis without the prior permission of the Director of Health Services, Jammu / Kashmir,” the notice reads.
Furthermore, all individuals, institutions and organizations have been prohibited from using print, electronic or any other means to treat mucormycosis without the prior permission of the director of the Jammu / Kashmir health service.
In case of disobedience, the Jammu / Kashmir health services director has been authorized to constitute a District Committee headed by the Medical Director or the District in question, which will have as members a specialist in Internal Medicine, Ophthalmology, GNT and Epidemiologist to review any disobedience by the person / institution or organization.
According to the regulations, any person / institution or organization that disobeys these Regulations or orders issued under these Regulations will be deemed to have committed an offense punishable under section 188 of the Indian Penal Code.

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