Dayanand Medical College and Hospital (DMCH),Ludhiana,has become the first hospital in Punjab to implement Individual Donor Nucleic Acid Amplification Testing (ID-NAT) for blood screening. The ID-NAT lab at DMCH was inaugurated by DMCH Managing Society Secretary Prem Kumar Gupta,along with Principal Dr Daljit Singh.
While addressing mediapersons,Medical Superintendent Dr Ashwani Chaudhary said transmission of infective diseases to transfusion recipients will be drastically reduced due to effective screening of donors’ blood through the new technique.
Dr Amarjit Kaur,Professor and Head of Transfusion Medicine,said that ID-NAT was an advanced test that detected the genetic material of viruses like HIV-1,HCV and HBV,if it was present in the blood of a donor. While the current serological screening methods take a few weeks to detect any infection,NAT test will detect infections within a few days,thereby,drastically reducing any chances of an infected blood being transfused to any patient, Chaudhary added.
Chief Cardiologist Dr G Wander and Medical Superintendent Dr Sandeep Puri were also present at the inauguration ceremony.