Hubballi: A-72-year-old man from Bagalkot infected with black fungus or mucormycosis tried to commit suicide by immolating himself.
The patient Nagesh (name changed), a resident of Budihal village in Bilagi taluk, recovered from Covid-19 and he was discharged from a private hospital on May 18. The doctors suspected that the patient might have infected with the fungus.
On May 25, Nagesh tried to end his life by setting himself ablaze, but luckily his wife and neighbours came to his rescue and he suffered 25 percent of burn injuries.
The patient was referred to the Karnataka Institute of Medical Sciences in Hubballi and he is being treated at the Burns and Plastic surgery wing.
The doctors told Hubli Express that he was infected with black fungus. His scans confirmed it and the infection spread to his brain as well. He was given Amphotericin B also. His recovery depends on how well he responds to the treatment, they said.
KIMS Deputy Medical Superintendent Dr Rajashekhar Dyaberi told that this is the first case the KIMS reported a mucormycosis infected patient tried to end life.
Dr Shivanand Hiremath, a neuro psychiatrist practising at Aantharya Neuropsychiatric Centre, told that suicide attempts simply can’t be attributed to depression. There could many reasons, only a detailed consultation may throw more light why the patient tried to end his life.
Dr Hiremath said prolonged hospitalization, misinformation on Covid and black fungus infection might have scared him. Or they could be other reasons as well. But the patients infected with either Covid or black fungus should not lose their heart, he advised.
There is always treatment for the infection, Amphotericin B is available and the drug supply only increase in the coming days. People should follow all the appropriate Covid behaviour to remain uninfected by the Covid, once they remain immune then the chances of they catching black fungus become very less, he said.
Dr Hiremath also advised the people to take vaccines and follow all the Covid guidelines. Strict diabetic control is a must to remain unaffected in the pandemic.