Gujarat: MM drug availability depends on central allocation

Gujarat: MM drug availability depends on central allocation

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The state government also listed the names of public hospitals which have been notified as nodal agencies for distribution of Amphoterecin B to private hospitals

AHMEDABAD: The state government on Monday told the Gujarat high court that it is taking all necessary steps to deal with mucormycosis but declared that the availability of medicines will be dependent entirely on the central government’s allocation.
In response to the high court’s query on what the mechanism is by which the state government intends to deal with the black fungus disease, the state government stated that it has declared the disease a notifiable disease under the Epidemic Diseases Act at the request of the Centre.
The state government has also stated that it has started special wards for mucormycosis patients in government hospitals. It informed the court about the disease, and advisories and protocols issued by the governments.
During the last hearing, the government had informed the court that it had placed an order for procurement of 1.14 lakh vials of Amphoterecin B. However, after placing these orders, supply and distribution of Amphoterecin B to states has been taken over and controlled by the government of India just as is in the case of remdesivir injections. “Therefore, supply will be based on allocation from the government of India,” the principal health secretary submitted.
The state government also listed the names of public hospitals which have been notified as nodal agencies for distribution of Amphoterecin B to private hospitals.
The state government asserted that it is taking all necessary steps to face the new challenges and threats posed by the latest surge of this pandemic. “The government is conscious that this battle cannot be fought without the confidence and cooperation of the public and therefore, all measures are being undertaken and implemented in a systematic and organized manner,” the government said.

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