Damien TB Research
Centre (DTRC) - Darbhanga
Looking at the problem of MDR TB and to improve the efficacy
of treatment prevent augmentation of Drug Resistance due to
effective mono drug therapies, unknown resistance and improve
treatment outcomes there was a felt to need for Culture & DST
laboratory in the state, Damien Foundation India Trust In consultation
with Govt. of Bihar, has established a well equipped laboratory
with trained staff in Darbhanga for the diagnosis of MDR TB.
It provides diagnostic services in Drug Resistance TB patients
for 6 districts and for follow up sputum examination in 13
districts. The laboratory has the facility to diagnose MDR
TB through Rapid Molecular methods 'Line Probe Assay (LPA)'
Follow up samples are processed with Solid Culture Methods.
Government of India has certified this lab and granted accreditation
for LPA first line drugs in October 2014.