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Microbiology

The Microbiology and Parasitology department offers a comprehensive range of tests. Our department is highly regarded. The activity of the Laboratory can be broadly divided into four categories.

Microscopy for the detection of bacterial, fungal elements, parasites and a variety of cells associated with diseases. Different staining techniques are available depending on the application.

Culture of bacterial or fungi on a variety of media and subsequent identification of these organisms.

Performance of susceptibility testing according to CLSI (Clinical Laboratory Standards Institute) criteria.

Mycobacterium (TB) Microscopy, Culture and Sensitivity to test for Tuberculosis.

The main purpose of this laboratory is to assist in the diagnosis of infectious diseases. This starts with the patient entering the healthcare system and presenting with certain signs and symptoms consistent with an infectious disease. The patient's physician then orders specific tests to clarify the presence of an infectious disease. These diseases can include those caused by bacteria (e.g., Group A streptococcus that may cause sore throat); those caused by viruses (e.g., influenza A that cause the flu); those caused by fungi (e.g., Candida, which may cause vaginal yeast infections); or those caused by parasites (e.g., Giardia, which may cause diarrhea).

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