Tuberculosis, or TB, is a frightening airborne disease that attacks a victim’s lungs and claimed more than one million lives worldwide in 2014.1 TB has disproportionally afflicted the people of India, attaining epidemic proportions. Moreover, multiple drug resistant strains of tuberculosis (MDR-TB) have rendered standard treatment ineffective for many, and have challenged the healthcare community of India.
Dr. Bharti Malhotra has dedicated her medical career battling TB for more than 20 years both in the microbiology lab and in the classroom at Sawai ManSingh (SMS) Medical College in Jaipur Rajasthan, India. She is Senior Professor of Microbiology & Nodal Officer, Advance research and TB lab, Dean, Faculty of medicine and a leader in infection control and TB treatment in her community.
In 2004, SMS Hospital purchased automated systems for blood culture and for TB culture and sensitivity, and chose the BD BACTEC™ 9120 and the BD MGIT™ 960, respectively. Dr. Malhotra proudly received the BD MGIT 960 in her lab and was “thrilled to grow mycobacterium tuberculosis samples in a few days, which had previously taken many weeks,” and her staff was happy they could report MDR-TB in just a few weeks.
In addition to the lab’s increased effectiveness, Dr. Malhotra also spoke highly of the support received from BD, including staff training and workshops. When repairs were needed, “BD opened their warehouse on a Sunday and engineers worked day and night to fix our machine.”
Dr. Malhotra’s experience with BD is not uncommon. Quality, efficacy and performance are critical features in medical instrumentation tasked with turning the tide of tuberculosis in India, and a series of “expimonials” have been compiled from top microbiology professionals across the country, offering evidence of the BD promise of advancing the world of health.
Dr. Malhotra sums it up well when she says, “We wholeheartedly thank BD for its contribution in the fight against TB.”
1Global Health Observatory data – Tuberculosis (TB). World Health Organization Web site. Published 2016. Accessed August 4, 2016.