Operation theatre in Kozhikode medical college shut after fungal infection diagnosed in patients


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Kozhikode: The operation theatre for kidney transplantation surgery in Government Medical College in Kozhikode shut temporarily following the spread of fungal infection. The theatre closed was used by the neurology and nephrology departments of the hospital. Two patients were diagnosed with fungal infection here.

The infection was detected following a discolouration found in the urine of the patient after kidney transplantation surgery. Soon, the patient was shifted to the pay ward and discharged later.

Another patient, who underwent surgery was transferred to the intensive care unit. The operation theatres of cardio thoracic surgery, gastro surgery, plastic surgery were used currently in order to conduct the kidney transplantation surgeries without delay.

The microbiology department collected samples from the theatre and sent them for detailed analysis. The fungal infection will be confirmed by the mycology department under the department of microbiology. Similar incidents of fungal infection were reported in the theatres earlier also.

The senior scientific assistant post in the mycology department has been vacant since 2011. Hence, the senior scientific officer at gastroenterology department has been deployed in the mycology department too. However, he was also retired for over the last month.

The fungal infection may have been caused by the dampness due to the leakage of water from the air conditioner or fungus grown on walls.

After the spread of Covid 19, the black fungus infection has also been surging here. Only immediate diagnosis and treatment of the fungus can save the patient, which otherwise turns fatal. Microbiology department has informed the authorities to conduct appointments to the post of micologist immediately.

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