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Delhi's RML hospital starts PCR test facility

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 Rohit Shishodia
To provide affordable diagnostics to patients of diseases such as TB and Hepatitis, Delhi’s Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital is now conducting the Polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test. The PCR test is used to diagnose CMV (Cytomegalovirus), HIV, Hepatitis, H1N1 and tuberculosis.

The facility has been set up in the microbiology laboratory on the sixth floor of the hospital.

BPL and CGHS card holders can avail the facility free of cost while other patients will have to pay between Rs 600 and Rs 800.

Dr Nandini Duggal, HOD, Department of Microbiology, RMLH, told DTMT that this facility is not widely available in the government health facilities.

“RMLH has started this PCR test facility first time which will benefit the poor patients. Detection of Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C, TB, HIV, H1N1, CMV that is largely found in pregnant women and children can be detected early through PCR test. Congenital problems can also be detected through this test. PCR test has vast spectrum,” added Dr Duggal.

Dr Duggal said “It can ascertain the volume of viral load of diseases. By this, we can modify our treatment and diagnostics. In RMLH, the cost of PCR test has been capped from Rs 600 to Rs 800 for patients. The test costs between Rs 5000 and Rs 7000 in private hospitals. The cost of the machine is Rs 23 lakh.”

Dr VK Tiwari, Director and Medical Superintendent, RMLH, lauded the microbiology department for starting the PCR test and said that this will help the poor patients.

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