Recently, there has been a concern about black fungus further complicating the health condition of patients battling the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

Given the latest information that has surfaced around this issue, the ENT doctor at the Khyber Teaching Hospital (KTH), has written a letter to the board of governors, expressing his reservations about the use of the substandard oxygen cylinders that may cause spread of black fungus among the patients.

In his letter, the ENT specialist highlighted that twelve patients were operated upon for Sinusitis during the span of last two months, of which two were found victims of the black fungus after recovering from covid-19.

The bases of the poorly cleaned oxygen cylinders are a source of black fungus. If the oxygen cylinders were not properly cleaned and purified the spores of the fungus emerge in their base.

He further stressed that there is a need for taking extra care during the cleansing of these oxygen cylinders.

In addition to the proper cleaning of these cylinders, according to the doctor it is also important that clean water is used for the circulation of the oxygen gas through the water chamber because if the water is not cleaned it would further help create spores of black fungus.

If not treated in time, he shared that there were chances that black fungus would spread in other parts of the patient’s. The chances of attacks of black fungus, he said, were on high in areas with extra moisture and greenery.

It merits a mention here that the Health Secretary Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, Imtaiz Hussain Shah has issued directives for complete cleansing of all the oxygen cylinders at the hospitals. He said there was no case of Indian virus reported across the province however five samples have been sent to Islamabad, results of which were awaited.

From : pk.mashable.com

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