The Section of Microbiology has a state-of-the-art, semi-automated laboratory that can accomodate all samples for diagnostic bacteriology, mycobacteriology, mycology, parasitology, serology and urinalysis. The reporting date for the routine bacteriology-based tests varies between three to seven days.
Critical samples such as blood cultures and mycobacteriology are performed on highly sensitive automated instruments such as BACTEC 92400 and MGID systems respectively. Mycology and mycobacteriology are performed in Biosafety Level-3 Laboratory built according to international standards.
Common samples received include blood specimen (blood culture for bacteria and fungi), central/peripheral lines for culture, blood for serology, CSF, sterile body fluids, wound swab, urethra, endocervix and pharynx for gonococcal infection, vaginal swab for trichomonas, prostatic massage, ear discharge, throat swab, urine, stool, etc.
The Section of Microbiology also provides consultancy for diagnosis and treatment of infectious diseases for inpatients and outpatients to bring patient management in line with laboratory findings. Other activities include advice on specimen collection and internal and external audits being performed.
The Section also conducts daily rounds of critical care areas (ICU, NICU and high dependency wards and CCU) for advice on antibiotics and infection control problems to monitor safe practice, investigation and management of outbreaks.
Undergraduates of the MBBS programme and postgraduate students (FCPS II) are taught basic microbiology, immunology, common infectious diseases and Hospital Infection Control. Undergraduate and postgraduate teaching is problem-based instructional strategies. In addition, students experience hands-on integrated practical training.
In addition, the postgraduate students are actively involved in cutting-edge research activity that is transpired in the form of articles/theses published in peer-reviewed journals.
We work very closely with the Department for Educational Development to enhance the integration of the curriculum. As a result, teaching methodology and examination questions reflect this aspect.
The Section of Clinical Microbiology has a dynamic research profile. Under high-profile academic leadership of Professor Rumina Hassan, the Section is involved in many cutting-edge scientific projects related to mycobacteriology, increasing burden of antimicrobial resistance and emerging viral and bacterial infections. In addition, the clinical laboratory provides its services for research projects to other clinical researchers. Microbiology faculty helps Primary Investigators in study design where required. Many clinical research projects are conducted in the clinical lab throughout the year.