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Nagaland notifies ‘Black Fungus’ under Epidemic Diseases Act

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Dimapur, May 22: To prevent the likelihood of spread of Mucormycosis (Black Fungus) in the State, the Governor of Nagaland has notified ‘The Nagaland Epidemic Diseases (Mucormycosis) Regulations 2021’ with immediate effect from May 22.

According to a notification issued by Principal Secretary to Government of Nagaland, Amardeep S Bhatia on Saturday, the regulations will remain valid for one year.
Under the regulations, all the government and private healthcare facilities have been asked to report each suspected and confirmed case of Mucormycosis to the respective Chief Medical Officers on a daily basis in the format prescribed by the Principal Director, Health and Family Welfare (HFW).
The Chief Medical Officer will, in turn, compile and submit the district report to the Principal Director of HFW on a daily basis.
Further, all the government and private healthcare facilities should follow the guidelines for screening, diagnosis, management of Mucormycosis, issued by the Union Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, Indian Council of Medical Research, and Government of Nagaland, and amended from time to time.
In case of deaths due to Mucormycosis, all the government and private healthcare facilities will have to submit complete patient records through the respective CMOs to the Principal Director of HFW within 24 hours of the event. The Principal Director has been asked to prescribe a format for reporting such deaths.

“No person/institution shall publish or circulate rumours or unauthenticated information regarding COVID-19 through any print or electronic media. All other provisions of the Epidemic Diseases Act, 1897 and its Amendment, 2020 shall be applicable in any matters relating to Mucormycosis infection. No suit or legal proceedings shall lie against any person for anything done or intended to be done in good faith under these regulations,” it added. (Page News Service)