|
|
|
|
|
21st Zulqada 1435 | Wednesday, Sep 17, 2014
Islamic World

Nucleic Acid Test on Blood Donors Helps Prevent Viral Infection

Thursday, 10 September 2009
Comments(0)
September 10:

Sharjah, September 11: A pioneering technology used for early detection of contagious viral infection in blood donors has helped prevent Hepatitis B infection from five donors in the country, it was announced on Thursday.

Officials revealed the first success story of Nucleic Acid Test (NAT) to Minister of Health Dr. Hanif Hassan during his visit to the NAT lab at the Blood Transfusion and Research Services Centre in Sharjah.

The minister pointed out that safe blood transfusion service is a top priority for the UAE government.

“Conventional serological tests are done based on the presence of antibodies and they take up to two to six weeks to give the correct result.

“The NAT facility gives the accurate results in a much faster way, reducing the detection time to two or three days after infection,” Dr. Amin Hussain Al Amiri, CEO of Medical Licensing and Practice in the Ministry of Health, told
Khaleej Times later.

“The new sensitive test can also detect the infection even in patients with a very low viral load, as low as just 30 virus copies,” he said.

The state-of-the-art lab technique using the DNA samples of blood donors helps detect HIV and Hepatitis B and C infections at the earliest possible time, even before the body produces antibodies to fight the infection.

The first NAT lab in the UAE, also the first in the Arab world, was launched late in 2007.

Dr. Amiri said the NAT facility, which is also the World Health Organisation’s regional collaborative centre, detected Hepatitis B infection in two out of 28,000 blood donors.

“When all the serological tests were negative in these cases, the NAT result was positive for Hepatitis B. So, we could discard the blood collected from the donors and start treatment
for them.”

Details of three more cases of infection detected in Abu Dhabi and Dubai were not immediately released.

--Agencies

Latest News

Government to start bridge courses for Madrasa students

To increase employability of Madrasa-educated students, some premier universities will launch a brid ...

Will complete Hyderabad metro as per schedule: L&T

Larsen & Toubro Wednesday said it is committed to completing the Hyderabad Metro rail project expedi ...

Modi plays guide to Xi in Sabarmati Ashram

Prime Minister Narendra Modi played the role of a spirited guide Wednesday as he took Chinese president Xi Jinping on a visit to the histori ...

Related News

Hamas, Fatah await Egypt response for renewed dialogue

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas's Fatah Party and the Hamas movement are awaiting Egypt's respo ...

65 Shia rebels killed in Yemen airstrike

At least 65 members of Yemen's Shia Houthi rebel movement were killed Wednesday in a military airstr ...

Israel warns EU against 'bad deal' on Iran

Israel's Intelligence Minister Yuval Steinitz today urged the European Union not to make a "bad deal ...

Post new comment

To combat spam, please enter the code in the image.

Rs. 26690 (Per 10g)

Opinion Poll
Do you think attack on rescuers in Srinagar justified?
YesNoCan't say

Matrimony | Photos | Videos | Search | Polls | Archives | Advertise | Letters

© The Siasat Daily, 2012. All rights reserved.
Jawaharlal Nehru Road, Abids, Hyderabad - 500001, AP, India
Tel: +91-40-24744180, Fax: +91-40-24603188
contact@siasat.com