Revolutionary Testing at Child PGI: Multiplex PCR for Tropical Fevers

Child PGI in Noida has introduced a groundbreaking testing method called Molecular Real-Time Multiplex PCR for diagnosing tropical fevers. This innovative technique is a significant advancement in medical diagnostics, particularly for identifying multiple pathogens from a single sample.

Advanced Diagnostics for Better Patient Care

Dr. Sumi Nandwani, head of the microbiology department at PGICH, emphasizes the importance of this new method. “The test can identify infections caused by various viruses and bacteria, including Dengue, Chikungunya, West Nile, Zika virus, Malaria, Scrub Typhus, Salmonella, and Leptospirosis, all known to cause fever. Multiplex RT-PCR means we are checking for the nucleic acids of multiple pathogens,” she explains.

This comprehensive approach to testing ensures that a wide range of fever-causing infections can be diagnosed quickly and accurately. The ability to detect multiple pathogens in a single sample streamlines the diagnostic process, significantly improving the speed at which patients can receive the appropriate treatment.

Addressing the Challenge of Tropical Fevers

Tropical fevers pose a severe health risk, especially in regions prone to these infections. Delayed diagnosis and treatment can lead to severe complications and even death. Introducing the Multiplex PCR test at Child PGI is a crucial step towards addressing these challenges. By providing rapid and accurate diagnosis, this test helps in the prompt management of patients, tailored to the specific infectious agent identified.

Preventing Misuse of Antimicrobials

One of the critical benefits of the Multiplex PCR test is its role in preventing the irrational use of antimicrobials. By accurately identifying the causative pathogen, doctors can prescribe targeted treatments, reducing the risk of antimicrobial resistance and ensuring better patient outcomes.

A doctor at Child PGI noted, “The implementation of this test will help in faster diagnosis and the initiation of prompt management of patients according to the particular infectious agent, preventing irrational use of antimicrobials.”

State-of-the-art facilities and Fast Turnaround

The Multiplex PCR test will be conducted in the highly advanced BSL-3 facility at PGICH, ensuring the highest standards of safety and accuracy. Dr. Nandwani highlights the benefits of this new testing method: “Now, with the availability of this test, patients will significantly benefit. The test results will be available within 24 to 48 hours, allowing for quick and effective medical intervention.”


The introduction of the Molecular Real-Time Multiplex PCR test at Child PGI marks a significant advancement in the fight against tropical fevers. By enabling the rapid and accurate detection of multiple pathogens from a single sample, this test not only improves patient outcomes but also helps in the responsible use of antimicrobials.

For healthcare professionals, this innovative testing method represents a powerful tool in the diagnosis and management of tropical fevers, ultimately contributing to better health outcomes and improved patient care.

Stay tuned for more updates on this and other advancements in medical diagnostics at Child PGI.

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