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World Biomedical Laboratory Science Day in Chandigarh Apr 16

To commemorate the World Biomedical Laboratory Science Day today, biomedical laboratory technologists of Chandigarh and its adjoining states organised its Vth Chandigarh Chapter and scientific seminar-cum-CME at PGI here today.

More than 700 delegates attended the conference.

The day has a special significance to provide scientific information and resource in virtually all aspects of laboratory, medicine relevant to patient’s care, health promotion and disease prevention.

Prof KK Talwar, director, PGIMER, inaugurated the function. Dr Raj Bahadur, director, GMCH-32, Chandigarh, Dr MS Bains, director HS&FW, Chandigarh, AR Deshmukh, national president, AIMLTA, Manindra Choudhury, IFBLS council member, were the guests of honour.

Manindra said about the global perspective of accreditation in biomedical laboratory sciences and its momentousness in health care as the International Federation of Biomedical Laboratory Science (IFBLS) observer.

Deshmukh in his presidential address asserted that advances in medicine for the past decade had been due to advances in the biomedical technology services, including diagnostic clinical laboratory.

He also highlighted the present unabated mushrooming of illegal paramedical institutes, who neither have any infrastructure nor any qualified staff.

Under such circumstances it becomes a moral responsibility of the institutes like PGI to assert on the issue.

On this occasion, central executive committee member, Rocky Daniel, said the lab technologists were the backbone of these services, which through their expertise and dedicated work not only assisted physicians but also directly helped to alleviate misery of the suffering mankind.

PGI launches Quadraplex PCR for Eye Infections Mar 18

In a major development, which will surely give boost to research at PGI, the institute has obtained the US patent for a unique methodology, Quadraplex PCR, for diagnosing various types of eye infections caused by parasite, fungus, bacteria and virus in one single examination.

The new methodology shortens the diagnostic time to a few hours as compared to the earlier method that used to take several days. In one test, doctors would be able to distinguish whether the infection has been caused by a parasite, a fungus, a bacteria or virus and treat the same accordingly.

Addressing the media on the occasion of 3rd Founders’ day of the Advanced Eye Centre, PGI, Head of Ophthalmology Department, Prof Amod Gupta said, “This technique will not only save the patient’s time but will also save their eye as conservative method required repetitive sampling, which take more time that can cause blindness.”

As per figures available with the PGI, Advanced Eye Centre, almost 1,000 patients of various types of infections were reported at PGI every year. The most common one is fungal infection and others were tuberculosis (bacterial), cytomegalovirus (viral) and toxoplasmosis (parasite).

The patent was issued jointly in the name of Dr Vaishali Gupta (AEC), Dr Sunil Arora, Dr Naresh Sachdev of the Department of Immunopathology, Dr Amod Gupta (AEC) and Dr Pradeep Bambery of the Department of Internal Medicine.

On this occasion, he highlighted the state of art technology, which was introduced at the centre during last one year. He pointed out about infinity phacoemulsification machines for cataract surgery, an IOL Master for non contact IOL power calculation, new Accurus vitreous surgery machines, etc.

Due to availability of various facilities in AEC, number of patients has been increased as compared to previous years. About 71,486 patients visited the centre for availing of its services, 38 per cent increase from 1,23,497 in the year 2006-07 when the centre was opened. Nearly 1,18,891 patients were provided tertiary care in its sub speciality clinics, he added.