Nadda launches CBNAAT machines for quick diagnosis of TB

Accelerating the efforts to combat Tuberculosis (TB) in the country, Union Health Minister J P Nadda launched Cartridge Based Nucleic Acid Amplification Test (CBNAAT) machines for the quick diagnosis of TB within two hours.

The CBNAAT is a revolutionary rapid molecular test which detects Mycobacterium tuberculosis and rifampicin drug resistance, simultaneously. This test is fully automated and provides results within two hours. Nadda also launched a new anti-TB drug Bedaquiline, which is a new anti-TB drug for treatment of Multi-drug-resistant tuberculosis. At present 121 CBNAAT machine are functioning and five hundred more such machines were launched 

Extra info:
  • This drug is indicated for use in the treatment of drug-resistant TB. The drug will be made available in six public hospitals in Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Guwahati and Ahmedabad.
  • The Health Minister said government is aggressively taking initiatives to fight against TB.
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Source – The Times of India

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