CB-NAAT (Cartridge based Nucleic Acid-based Amplification Test) machine has been launched at the Medical College Hospital, Kozhikode.
Additional District Magistrate T. Jinal Kumar inaugurated the machine.
The district TB centre and the department of Microbiology, Medical College are in charge of operating this equipment.
The Central TB division and the state health department jointly installed this system at a cost of Rs 26 lakh.
When the centre sponsored the machine,the state government arranged infrastructure.
This machine can detect drug-resistant tuberculosis,new TB, undetectable TB bacteria and primary complex (TB in children) etc. within two hours.
Four persons’ test can be done at a time.
Medical College principal Dr.P.V.Narayanan presided over the function.
District TB Officer P.P.Pramod Kumar, Head of Microbiology K.L.Sarada Devi, District Medical Officer Dr.R.L.Saritha, National Health Mission district program manager Dr.A.Baburaj, Institute of Chest medicine superintend Dr.T.P.Rajagopal, Superintend Dr.K.C.Raman, Nursing College Principal Prof.K.M.Ponnamma, Association of India member M.K.Ravi Varma Raja spoke.