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First ever DTL inaugurated in Dimapur
Staff reporter DIMAPUR, DEC 14 (NPN):
Published on 15 Dec. 2010 12:37 AM IST
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The 1st ever drug testing laboratory (DTL) in Nagaland under the directorate of health and family welfare (H&FW) was formally inaugurated on Tuesday by principal director, health and family welfare, Dr. V. Sekhose at DTL premises, opposite CMO’s office, Dimapur.
Dr. V. Sekhose while interacting said there were 30 DTLs in the country out of which 10 DTLs were fairly functioning.
He opined that Nagaland’s DTL should be made recognizable to other centres, and stressed on the need to recruit scientific officers, drug Inspectors etc., with the support from public leaders to keep DTL active.
He also informed that the central government ministry grants Rs.50 lakhs annually to maintain DTL in each region. In this regard he called for a collective effort of the medical staff to work as one so that the state DTL could be at par with the pioneer Drug Testing Laboratory located in Ghaziabad (UP).
Dr. Tia Jamir, controlling officer for DTL, in his speech addressed that having DTL in the state can be an encouragement to the traditional healers practicing in and around the state.
According to him, DTL technology can help local practitioners test the efficiency of their drugs and advertise to various leading drug companies after authorization.
He also lauded Dr. P. Savino, PO AYUSH, and Dr. V. Sekhose for being instrumental in bringing about the project to the state.
DTL can be of help not only to medical department, but also agri and other institutes like universities and colleges as it has well qualified technicians and lab assistants with the concerned subject supported by latest equipments like UV-1800, IRA Affinity-1 etc., which cost more than Rs.10 lakhs.
MS, district hospital Dimapur, Dr. D. K. Mero was also optimistic that DTL would one day transform into a research centre in the region and be at par with India’s best Central Drug Testing Laboratory located in Ghaziabad.
He also stated DTL can prove to be helpful to NGO’s dealing in medicinal plants but added the state’s DTL only impediment was lack of manpower.
It may be noted that the DTL in the state was set up in the year 2007 under the funding of ministry of health and family welfare during Dr. T.M. Lotha’s tenure as the health minister.
The proposed funding amount was Rs.1.5 crore, Rs.1 crore for construction of the building and Rs.50 lakh for manufacturing units (pharmacies).
The equipment fund was Rs.2 crore wherein Rs.1.80 lakhs was utilized for equipments and Rs.20 lakhs for manpower; however the latter was eventually dropped off by the ministry.
AYUSH (A-Ayurvedic, Y-Yoga, U-Unani, S-Siddha, and H- Homeopathic) is one of the latest medical terms derived from Sanskrit word meaning ‘good health’. DTL AYUSH has been set up wit a view to eradicate rising number of counterfeit drugs posing as a threat to consumers or public health and also to the reputation of pharmaceutical companies.
The objectives of DTL AYUSH is to strengthen state drug testing/analysis laboratory for quality and assurance to meet the requirements of drugs and cosmetics Act 1940 and rules; to improve access to drug testing facilities. DTL will also cater to private drug manufacturers etc.
AYUSH DTL which receives support from the Central Government in the form of infrastructure, knowledge, financial assistance etc., has the ability to bring positive changes in a society.
Some of the medicinal plants planted at DTL’s premises are Bilva (used in digestive problems), Nirgund (used for Arthritis), Arjuna (for heart disease), Syonaka (for Oroxylum Indicum Vent) etc.

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