Maharashtra Health Minister Rajesh Tope on Monday said that Mucormycosis patients in the state will be covered under the Mahatma Jyotiba Phule Jan Arogya Yojana since the medicines required to combat the fungal infection are expensive.
As per information, patients of Mucormycosis, a serious but rare fungal infection now affecting those suffering from coronavirus, will be treated for free under the Maharashtra governments flagship medical insurance scheme. According to the statement, he said patients will be treated free of cost at 1,000 hospitals covered under the health scheme. The minister said symptoms of the disease are being seen in those Covid-19 patients who are diabetic and whose diabetes is not under control.
The minister said there are complaints about the injections used for treating Mucormycosis patients being sold at higher than the actual price and added their rates will be capped. Symptoms of Mucormycosis include headache, fever, pain under the eyes, nasal or sinus congestion and partial loss of vision. The minister said the government will undertake a campaign to spread awareness among people about fungal infection.