Bacteriology

The department of Bacteriology is functioning to provide:

  • Quality analytical services
  • Teaching and training of postgraduate and undergraduate students
  • Support to the public health and environmental activities and targeting the fundamental research. All the tests in this lab are done free of cost and the patients from all over the Punjab are facilitated.

Objectives

Our main objectives are:

  • Teaching and Training paramedical and postgraduate students
  • Supervising dissertations of post graduate students
  • Targeting fundamental research
  • Routine microscopy for AFB
  • Technical support and assistance
  • Policy development for lab improvement and development of laboratory

Services

Services offered as Bacteriologist to the Government of Punjab are mentioned as below:

  • Routine lab tests
  • To establish an efficient system for epidemic investigation and diagnosis in the Punjab (cases referred from EDO, DHOs and DHQ hospitals)
  • Surveillance and research related to epidemics of infectious diseases and their control
  • To assist technically districts’ laboratories during epidemic control
  • Planning technical assistance for activities of districts to control various public health diseases
  • Culture of water samples referred from laboratory of epidemiologist for strain identification
  • Advise the districts about the control of various epidemics and communicable diseases
  • Provision of SOPs to the districts regarding sample collection and sample transportation

Academics

  • Department offered teaching and training to the students in following cources:

Undergraduates

  • Sanitary Inspector
  • Dental Hygienist
  • F.Sc MLT
  • B.Sc MLT

Postgraduates

  • M. Phil Community Medicine
  • Master in Public Health
  • Master in Maternal and child health
  • Master in Hospital Management

Trainings

Training of paramedics from all districts of Punjab (from PC-I Health Department) in 2009 - 2010 on following topics:

  • Laboratory safety
  • Microscopy
  • ELISA
  • Quality assurance
  • Sample collection
  • Provincial TB Reference Lab

Lab Services

Following tests are routinely done free of cost:

  • Tests for Dengue (NS1, IgG and IgM)
  • Hepatitis B and C (Strip method, ELISA and PCR)
  • Any field investigation of outbreak of communicable disease is also done
  • surveillance and research related to epidemic of infectious disease and their control
  • during any outbreak transport media for microbiological specimens are provided to the districts on their request
  • SOP’s regarding sample collection and transportation for culture of various specimens are prepared and provided to all district of Punjab
  • All tests are performed free of cost depending on availability of kits. Mainly PCR test (Qualitative and Quantitative) is done for Hepatitis on provision of Kits by Hepatitis Control Program

Faculty

Dr. Zarfishan Tahir
Professor and Head of Department
   
Dr. Saima Ayub
Assistant Professor
Dr. Taimia Ayub
Demonstrator
   
Dr. Ume Salma
Demonstrator