Department of Microbiology, Faculty of Medicine, Colombo, provides other services apart from teaching activities. These services are mainly provided by the laboratory of the department by carrying out diagnostic microbiological tests.
The Department carries out bacteriological culture and antibiotic sensitivity testing (ABST) (except anaerobic cultures), fungal culture and anti-fungal sensitivity tests for state sector and private sector hospitals. The laboratory is the national referrence laboratpry for Melioidosis diagnosis. The Tuberculosis Research Unit carries out TB culture and identification of Mycobacterium spp.
Following samples are accepted
Sputum, CSF, body fluids etc for Acid Fast Bacillus & TB Culture
Sputum, CSF, body fluids etc for PCR for TB
Urine, blood, pus, body fluids, stools, biopsy, swabs etc for Gram stain, culture & ABST
Samples for Fungal studies– smear & fungal culture
Serum for Melioidosis antibodies
Culture isolates for identification of Burkholderia pseudomallei
Bacteriological Cultures and ABST are carried out for the samples sent by Police Hospital and some private hospitals for the purpose of screening their theaters for contamination. Tests are also being done to detect Salmonella and Staphylococcus aureus carriers of the food handlers of the companies which manufacture food products.
Provides consultancy to national committees in the island, such as the National Science Foundation, National Advisory Committee on Tuberculosis, National Advisory committee on Communicable Diseases, National AIDS Committee, National Polio Eradication Programme etc
Department provides resource personnel for conducting educational workshops and laboratory training workshops conducted by different institutions organizations
Newly recruited Technical officers and apprentices of National Apprentice and Industrial Training Authority are trained as technicians.