Apollo Diagnostics will provide latest technologies for tests like TB (Genexpert) and Dengue (Elisa) here in Patna
Patna: October 31, 2018: Apollo Diagnostics today inaugurated its’ Regional Reference lab at Saguna More, Danapur, Patna. The lab will serve the Bihar & Jharkhand region, providing fully automated machines for testing a wide range of pathology tests. The latest international technology has been installed at the lab, such as a ‘Dry Chemistry analyser’ from Johnson & Johnson, for tests like Sugar and Lipids, which reduces water consumption and makes the results more accurate when samples are transported in the heat or over long periods of time. There is a high-end machine (Horiba 5 part analyser) for complete blood count that will help Drs identify the exact cause of infection, differentiating between even bacterial infection and worm infestation.
The lamp lighting and lab inauguration was done by the Honourable Minister of Health for Bihar, Shri Mangal Pandey. Speaking on the occasion, he commented, “there is a need for more private investment in healthcare in Bihar and he is happy that Apollo has launched its’ Regional Reference lab in Patna”. He added, “the introductory offer of 50% discount on all TB tests for BPL card holders is welcome, and it will help reduce the financial burden on poor people who have TB”.
Neeraj Garg, CEO – Apollo Health & Lifestyle, talking about the Apollo Diagnostics’ lab in Patna, explained how the company has invested in the latest technologies in this lab, including a high-end TB testing machine – “Genexpert” – which can detect drug resistant TB in 1 day, compared to the traditional culture method which requires 7 – 42 days for a report to be given. This is amongst the only such high-end machine in all retail pathology labs in Bihar.
The lab in Patna has been established to specifically cater to the needs of the people of Bihar, with a number of technologies introduced here that will address major health issues of the state. Ravindra Kumar, COO – Apollo Diagnostics, explained, “the Elisa testing machine in Apollo Diagnostics will be able to give a confirmed, and accurate diagnosis for Dengue. This technology currently is largely available in government labs, and most private labs use the less accurate dengue card test”.
The Apollo Diagnostics’ Regional Reference lab is located at 105 P, Suhavana Complex, Saguna More, Danapur, Patna and will support the labs in Chhapra, Bettiah, Bhagalpur and Muzzafarpur. The company will also be establishing close to 100 Patient Care Centres across