A forty-year-old patient, who had recently recovered from COVID-19, has died due to Mucormycosis – Black Fungus – at Government Medical College Jammu, making it the first fatality of its type in J-K this year.
It is the fourth death due to the Black Fungus since the pandemic began in March 2020 but the first one in the second wave.
Earlier this week, The Kashmir Walla reported that the cases of Black Fungus were detected in Kashmir valley last year but were not reported by the administration. At least three patients infected with it had died and the survivors lost their eyesight.
Principal GMC Jammu, Dr. Shashi Sudan told a local news agency, Global News Service (GNS) that the person was under observation for the last two days and subsequently succumbed this afternoon at the health facility. “The patient had recently recovered from Covid-19 and was now suffering from uncontrolled diabetes”, she said. “The patient had Mycormycosis apparently due to long term use of steroid drugs.”
Meanwhile, it has been learned that the deceased, a resident of Poonch district, was admitted to the health facility on 19 May.