The Indian Ministry of Health’s TB division has accredited the Anantapur Rural Development Trust (RDT) Hospital’s laboratory at Bhatalapalli in Anantapur district to test multi-drug-resistant tuberculosis (MRD-TB) samples. It is the second facility in this Indian state to earn this achievement.
In the facility resides a negative pressure laboratory, where line probe assay was performed using nucleic acid amplication and polymerase chain reaction (PCR) technology to detect mutations associated with drug resistance, said TB control officer Ravela Sudheer Babu.
MDR-TB is caused by bacteria to isoniazid and rifampin, first-line anti-TB medications. Visakhapatnam is the only other accredited facility in the state.
The National Research Institute, Chennai, and the TB Research Institute, New Delhi, inspected the hospital for six months. A number of tests were performed at the genetic structure-level of TB bacteria that could help detect the drug resistance status within two days, and a second or third line of drugs could be administered to the patients.
The mycobacteriology laboratory was opened in June 2018. It was partially funded by the General Insurance Corporation (Re) of Ind...
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