By Ben Musanje

13th Oct 2021

The Coalition for Health Promotion and Social Development (HEPS-Uganda), a non-governmental organization (NGO) that promotes the rights of poor and vulnerable people with special focus on health and socioeconomic rights, has alerted the government of Uganda to monitor Covid-19 survivors in order to avoid cases of black fungus disease.


This follows reports in India showing about 50,000 people have died of the deadly ‘black fungus’ called mucormycosis in a growing epidemic that mainly affects Covid-19 survivors.


According to medical experts, mucormycosis, a secondary bacterial or fungal infection affects the nose, eyes and sometimes the brain and usually strikes 12-18 days after recovery from Covid-19.


Interacting with the health journalists under their umbrella body the Health Journalists Network Uganda-HEJNU in Kampala about affects of Covid-19, the HEPS Director Dennis Kibira says that the government should consider procuring an emergency medicine called Amphotericin B that treats this black fungal for easy responses once such cases are registered.


Meanwhile, Kibira who is a pharmacist has urged government to limit on receiving donated Covid-19 vaccines but focus more on procurement since most of the donated drugs are received with few months to expire and are difficult to be planned for.


Thursday 14th October 2021 06:52:06 AM