NDTBC established as a Model TB Clinic way back in 1940, has now become a referral centre for patients of TB and respiratory diseases. The Centre now also functions as Delhi State TB Training and Demonstration Centre (STDC) as well as Intermediate Reference Laboratory (IRL) for Delhi state.
As a referral centre (NDTBC) provides consultation and diagnostic services to patients referred from private practitioners and TB centres at Delhi and neighbouring states. As STDC, the Centre provides induction and refresher trainings for medical and para medical staff working under RNTCP Delhi state.
Trainings imparted are modular as well as hand-on in laboratory techniques. In addition, faculty of NDTB Centre is involved in monitoring of TB Control activities and analysis of programme data periodically. As IRL, laboratory of Centre is providing diagnostic and follow up services to drug sensitive and drug resistant cases. Our laboratory is fully equipped with all rapid diagnostics via liquid culture (MGIT) molecular diagnostics (PCR-LPA, CBNAAT, ultragene expert) and latest addition being gene sequencer. Microbiologist and technical officers are recognised trainers for national level laboratory techniques. During recent times of COVID pandemic, the laboratory of the Centre has started COVID 19 diagnostic services with help of existing CBNAAT and TreuNAT machines.
In addition, microbiologist of our laboratory are providing training to microbiologists and laboratory technicians of both public and private sector laboratories. Faculty of the Centre are also in team of Delhi state supervising and monitoring ICMR approved COVID laboratories in Delhi. The Centre is actively involved in teaching of medical and para medical students.
The Centre runs a RNTCP accredited three months TB Supervisory course round the year. The pass-outs get posted as DOT Provider and TB Supervisors. The candidates from various states join the Course. In addition, MBBS students of MAMC and post graduate students (MD & DNB) from VP Chest Institute and RBIPMT are regularly posted here. Research is also an important activity of the Centre. The faculty participates in various state level operational research and national level research studies. In recent years, Active Case Finding has been conducted as operational studies in vulnerable populations like prisoners, female sex workers, night shelter inmates and intravenous drug users.
Latest activity started is ECHO Platform based clinic. The Centre conducts Clinic for Para medical staff on first Wednesday of month on any current subject. There is also a plan to start this clinic for medical college faculty and major private hospitals of Delhi. In COVID era, all programme review meetings and monitoring of microscopic centres are also being conducted on this platform in addition to CMEs and task force meetings. We are grateful to TB Association of India for guiding us in managing the activities of the Centre and to Ministry of Health & Family Welfare for providing us regular grant for running the Centre. I will like to place on record excellent services by the dedicated staff of NDTB Centre for constantly enduring to take up newer activities as per need of the hour.