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Dubai Health Authority launches new TB stand-alone lab

DUBAI, 4 days ago

The Dubai Health Authority (DHA) has launched a new stand-alone laboratory, which provides several state-of-the-art diagnostic services.
 
It is the only facility in Dubai and the whole of northern emirates to provide testing for Tuberculosis (TB) and legionella. Previously it was located at Rashid Hospital, but is now at Satwa. 
 
It offers a plethora of modern diagnostic services including molecular diagnostic services for the detection of TB and legionella.
 
The laboratory falls under the DHA’s Microbiology and Infection Control unit in the Pathology Laboratory Department and provides centralised diagnostic services for Mycobacteria, TB, and Legionella detection service for all health facilities in Dubai. 
Additionally, the TB diagnostic testing service is a referral service for all the Northern Emirates as well.
 
DHA Director-General Humaid Al Qutami said: "In line with our vision to provide the highest quality of medical services and protect public health, we have expanded our diagnostic laboratories recognising their pivotal role in terms of disease recognition, interpretation and disease surveillance."
 
"This state-of-the-art facility is equipped with the latest technology and highly qualified manpower to provide timely and accurate diagnostic services," he added.
 
Dr Hussain Al Samt, Director of Pathology and Genetics Department at the DHA said, "In the process of disease recognition, the diagnostic laboratory plays a crucial role. From disease aetiology to an interpretative role and disease surveillance, laboratory professionals provide the medical sector much-needed support and are an important link in the patient care process."
 
Dr. Rania Medhat Seliem, Head of Pathology Laboratory, Rashid Hospital and Consultant at the DHA’s Pathology and Genetics Department highlighted that the laboratory provides several pertinent services.-TradeArabia News Service



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