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WHO donates 'GeneXpert' TB screening machine

Ahmed Aiham
19 September 2019, MVT 12:07
Minister of Health Abdulla Ameen and WHO Maldives' Representative Dr Arvind Mathur. PHOTO: MINISTRY OF HEALTH / TWITTER
Ahmed Aiham
19 September 2019, MVT 12:07

World Health Organization (WHO), donated four 'GeneXpert' Tuberculosis (TB) screening machine to the Ministry of Health, on Wednesday.

Minister of Health Abdulla Ameen and WHO Maldives' Representative Dr Arvind Mathur. PHOTO: MINISTRY OF HEALTH / TWITTER

The handover ceremony held at the ministry was joined by Minister Abdulla Ameen and WHO Maldives' Representative Dr Arvind Mathur.

Health Protection Agency said the machines will further expand diagnosis of TB across the country.

The GeneXpert is a small machine which identifies TB on a molecular level. It was developed in the United States by 'Cepheid' and the Foundation for Innovative New Diagnostics (FIND). The main advantage of the machine is its efficiency to provide swift results. Additionally, the machine tests for resistance to Rifampicin, an antibiotic used to treat TB.

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