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Kozhikode: Kozhikode Medical College Hospital will commission the advanced Cartridge Based Nucleic Acid Amplification Test (CBNAAT) facility, that will assist the quick diagnosis of tuberculosis on April 28.

The CBNAAT will help to detect the presence of the genetic material of mycobacterium tuberculosis, tuberculosis causing bacteria, in the biological specimens collected from the patients suspected to have active TB.

With the commissioning of CBNAAT, TB patients suspected to have HIV infection and child TB patients can start early medication with the quick diagnosis.

A facility was set up at the microbiology laboratory at the Kozhikode Medical College Hospital at a cost of Rs 26 lakh allotted under the Revised National Tuberculosis Control (RNTCP) programme of the union government.

At present, the government hospitals in the state send the collected sputum of suspected patients to the Intermediate Reference laboratory for tuberculosis at Thiruvanantapuram which takes over a month to generate the results owing to huge backlog.

The CBNAAT centre will provide the report within two hours of the test. As many as four tests can be done in a day once the facility becomes a reality at the medical college hospital.

According to the district TB centre, Kozhikode district has a total of 1,697 TB patients and has reported two deaths during 2015-2016. District TB officer Dr P P Pramod Kumar said, "We will be able to get the test report within two and half hours. The service will be provided to the public free of cost," added the district tuberculosis officer.