Staff Reporter

PUDUCHERRY: The Department of Microbiology, JIPMER, will be organising a five-day national workshop on `simple methods in clinical microbiology' from November 21 to 25 for doctors, professors and assistant professors working in departments of medical microbiology in medical colleges.

According to S.C. Parija, Director, Professor and Head of the Microbiology Department, participants from 16 States from all over the country will take part in the programme. "We have selected some simple tests that can be done in medical colleges and institutes for the diagnosis of common infective diseases such as malaria, typhoid fever and bacterial diseases such as diarrhoea. The participants will be actually doing the tests and learning them so that they can use them in their own institutes.'

The participants will also be learning a new molecular method called polymerase chain reaction (PCR) that helps diagnose amoebiasis.

The workshop will be inaugurated on November 21 at 9.15 a.m. in the Pasteur Theatre by D. Thamma Rao, Mission Director, Puducherry State Health Society, Puducherry State Health Mission, in the presence of KSVK Subba Rao, Director, JIPMER; A.K. Das, Medical Superintendent, JIPMER; and K.S. Reddy, Dean, JIPMER. On the evening of November 21, a `microbiology nite' will be celebrated, during which the best technicians and supporting staff will be presented awards.