Hubballi: The Karnataka Institute of Medical Sciences is waiting for liposomal Amphotericin B injection to treat patients affected with black fungus.
As of Tuesday morning, 109 patients were receiving treatment at the hospital. Doctors are waiting for the drug as they can’t do much without this anti-fungal drug.
Sources in the KIMS told ‘Hubli Express,’ the doctors are doing surgeries to remove the infected parts but the surgery alone won’t help as they require the drug to prevent the spreading of the fungus.
Muttu Devnoor, a former Town Municipality member, was frantically searching for the Amphotericin B injection for his uncle admitted at a private hospital in the city. He made several calls to hospitals, relatives, friends, but he did not get the vials.
Same with other patients also, many patient’s relatives trying to buy the vital drug but because of acute shortage, they are not getting it.
With the shortage of the drug, many patients infected with black fungus are battling between and life and death. If the drug not made available at the earliest many will succumb to the infection, said doctors.
District-In-Charge Minister Jagadish Shettar told ‘Hubli Express,’ they are doing their best to buy the Amphotericin B injection.
“I am in Bengaluru, we have a meeting in the evening, we will discuss the issue with the Chief Minister and Deputy Chief Minister Ashwath Narayan. We will try our best to supply the drug to the hospitals. We understand the gravity of the problem,” he said.