Bihar: Liquor ban badly affects TB diagnosis

Prime Time, National, Patna, July 17:- Conducting tests for diagnosing Tuberculosis (TB) has become difficult in Bihar due to total prohibition on liquor.

Dr Jagadish Prasad, Director General of Health Services, Ministry of Health said that due to scarcity of ethyl alcohol which is used to conduct TB tests in the laboratories including those in government facilities the health officials facing extreme difficulties in performing such tests.

Dr Jagadish Prasad added that it is essential for a successful TB control programme and its diagnosis at peripheral levels continues to be performed primarily by smear microscopy. The reagents used for smear microscopy (Ziehl-Meelsen and Fluorescent staining) include absolute alcohol.

Dr Jagadish Prasad continuing said that the spirits also needed for the lamps used for making smears. Cleaning of plungers of CBNAAT as part of monthly maintenance also requires alcohol. Freshly prepared 70 per cent alcohol is also required at all levels for surface disinfection.

-(NAV, Inputs: Agencies)

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