The Department of Bacteriology, Madras Medical College ,Chennai was upgraded in the year 1971 and renamed as the Institute of Microbiology, Madras Medical College, Chennai. It caters to the needs of the patients(inpatients and outpatients) attending the Rajiv Gandhi Government General Hospital, Chennai and Allied Institutions. The laboratory was accommodated in the New Tower Block I, Ground floor which was completed in 2005.
The Institute of Microbiology was the pioneer Government Institute in South India to confirm the diagnosis of HIV in high risk groups by Enzyme Linked Immunosorbent Assay in 1986. Subsequently, Voluntary Counseling and Testing Centre for HIV was established under the auspices of NACO in 1999. Voluntary Counselling and Testing Centre of our department was elevated to the status of National Reference Laboratory in 2000. This center was renamed as Integrated Counselling and Testing Centre in 2002.
The Leptospirosis research Cell was commissioned in the year 1995 at the Institute of Microbiology, Madras Medical College with the guidance of the Department of Nephrology ; the Technical and Material Assistance was provided from the Royal Tropical Institute (KITS), Amsterdam, The Netherlands. To begin with the Leptospirosis Cell catered to the diagnosis of Leptospirosis for the patients admitted in Government General Hospital, Chennai, attached to the Madras Medical College, Chennai. Later the cell started accepting samples from various other Government and Private Institutions. The number of samples has increased from 592 in 1995 to 16, 1249 in the year 2008 and to 10156 in 2016.
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