The Department of Microbiology is well equipped to diagnose most of the infectious diseases prevalent in society. It offers diagnostic services to the hospital and also carries out bacteriological analysis of water, operation theatre sterility checks, in house disinfectant testing and hospital environmental surveillance. The diagnostic laboratory is well equipped with automated Bact-Alert system for blood culture, turbidometry, walk-in incubator and walk-in cooler and biosafety cabinets.
There is also state-of-the-art equipment like enhanced chemiluminescence immuno assay for serodiagnosis of HIV, hepatitis markers and other infectious diseases. The first HOD was Dr. Gopalakrishnan.
The department, headed by Dr Appalaraju, participates in the Revised National Tuberculosis Control Programme (RNTCP), and has an Integrated Counselling and Testing Centre (ICTC) for HIV conducted by the Government of India. Basic molecular biology equipment like thermocycler, gel documentation system and refrigerated centrifuge are available for research purposes.
The department, which has been upgraded as a postgraduate training centre in 2001, also offers MD in microbiology. Its diagnostic wing is a regular participant in external quality control programmes.
Infectious diseases continue to be the most common ailment for which an individual visits a hospital.The department of Microbiology identifies the microbial organism responsible for the ailment and also puts up antibiotic susceptibility test to facilitate rational choice of antibiotic by the physicians.Infectious diseases may be trivial such as common cold for which a laboratory diagnosis is not sought, or serious, for which a laboratory diagnosis is pertinent. Some of the major infectious diseases for which a laboratory diagnosis is sought are Tuberculosis, Cholera, Typhoid, AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, Dengue, Urinary Tract Infections, Endocarditis, Rheumatic fever, scrub typhus, etc to name a few. For these infectious the best diagnostic method is available in our laboratory, namely- culture/ serology/ molecular methods.Our clinical laboratory is accredited by the NABL for performing these tests.
During the course of MBBS a student of Microbiology, learns the basics of every infectious disease as to its pathogenesis, diagnosis, management and specific prevention with vaccinations.
Apart from routine culture and sensitivity of bacteria and fungi and serological tests for diagnosis of infectious diseases, the laboratory has the following facilities also
Head of the Department & Professor & HOD