KARACHI:Sindh Health Secretary Dr Usman Chachar on Thursday inaugurated BD Phoenix, an automated identification and susceptibility testing system, at Civil Hospital Karachi (CHK) for accurate and reliable detection of known and emerging antimicrobial resistance.

CHK Medical Superintendent Dr Mohammad Taufiq, CHK’s Head of Central Lab Dr Ghulam Fatima, CHK AMS Dr Arif Niaz and other administrative officials were present on this occasion.

Dr Usman Chachar said the testing system giving minimum inhibitory concentration antibiotics (MIC) is the very first automation in microbiology in any public sector hospital laboratory. He appreciated the hospital administration for induction of advance equipment to facilitate patients.

CHK Medical Superintendent said identification and susceptibility testing system provide rapid, accurate and reliable detection of antimicrobial resistance. Additionally, its state of the art data management monitors analyse and communicate actionable result directly to laboratories and clinicians, he added.

“We have the latest laboratory information system working in central lab and we have barcode labelled system in which chances of human errors are minimized,” Dr Taufiq further added. He informed that CHK had installed flow cytometer first time in a public sector hospital laboratory in recent past and it is used to diagnose certain cancer such as leukaemia and lymphomas.

He requested the secretary health to sanction extra budget for purchase of reagents for floweytometer and Phoenix. He said: “Although Dowites 83 had provided privately hired staff but number of posts are lying vacant in laboratory.”