Services

 1.      Diagnostic services

 

Malaria

Diagnostic services are provided with daily visits to all the medical wards of the National Hospital, Sri Lanka by the staff for collection of blood smears. The smears are stained and examined for malaria parasites and reports are sent to the ward. All the Government and private institutions dealing with malaria patients could obtain the diagnostic services including hospitals such as the Army Hospital, Lady Ridgway Children’s Hospital, Castle street hospital for women and De Soyza Maternity Hospital.

The Department’s Laboratory serves as the reference centre of malaria diagnosis for the Ministry of Health’s Malaria Elimination Programme.  

Diagnostic and management services of malaria for rural community is provided via the Malaria research station situated at  Kataragama in UVA province.

 

Leishmaniasis

A weekly clinic is carried out by the Department where diagnostic tests are carried out for all patients (including referrals) for leishmaniasis. Centre for Training, Research and diagnosis of leishmaniasis, UCFM. Read more

 

Other parasitic diseases

Diagnostic services on filariasis, protozoan infections ,helminthic infections and cestode infections are provided  free of charge for all the government institutes and these facilities  are available for private institutions and individuals for a nominal fee.

 

Snakes and insects

Identification of snakes, adult worms and insects of medical importance (mosquitoes, ticks, mites, fleas) is carried out at the department and specimens are received from  all around the country.

 

2.      Health Education and public awareness services 

Services of the experts in the field of Medical Parasitology and entomology is available for schools, health institutes, forums, colleges and Non governmental organizations (Lion’s Club, Red cross society ) for their programs focusing on awareness and  health education on prevention and control of parasitic diseases .

 

3.      Investigations carried out at the Parasitology Laboratory

The Department has three laboratories (routine, advanced and Immunochemistry) which carry out laboratory investigations on request or for research.


The laboratory facilities are used to teach undergraduate medical students and postgraduate students following courses in MD Parasitology, Diploma Medical Microbiology, MD in Transfusion Medicine and Diploma in Family Medicine.

 

LABORATORY INVESTIGATIONS

Specimen / Test

Infection / Disease

Code

Price(Rs.)

Blood investigations

 

 

 

Thick and thin smear examination

Malaria

A

100.00

Thick smear examination

Filariasis

A

100.00

Thin smear examination

Trypanosomiasis

A

100.00

ICT rapid diagnostic test(Anigen)

Malaria

B

600.00*

ICT rapid diagnostic test(Antigen)

Filariasis

B

600.00*

Serum investigations

 

 

 

IFAT test for filarial antibodies

Filariasis

B

100.00

Serum IgG/IgM(Using CTK ONLINE,

Toxoplasmosis

B

425.00*

CTK BIOTECH Inc.)

 

 

 

FAT test for filarial antibodies

Filariasis

B

250.00*

(Dip strip method)

 

 

 

Urethral/vaginal investigations

 

 

 

Urethral/vaginal discharges

Trichomonas vaginalis Infection

A

120.00

Urine analysis

 

 

 

 

Trichomonas vaginalis Infection,

A

300.00

 

Schistosoma eggs

 

 

Slit skin and aspirations

 

 

 

Direct smear

Leishmaniasis

A

160.00

Culture

Leishmaniasis

A

250.00

Skin Biopsy

Leishmaniasis

A

   160.00 

Liver & Lymphnode Aspirations

Leishmaniasis

A

300.00

Fecal investigations

 

 

 

Faeces Full Report / stool AOC

 

A

100.00

Faeces pH

 

A

50.00

Occult blood

 

A

150.00

Faeces reducing substances

 

A

50.00

Detection of Cryptosporidium

 

A

250.00

 

 

 

 

OTHER TESTS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Specimen / Test

Infection / Disease

Code

Price(Rs.)

Anal swabs/Scotch tape, Rectal scrapings

Detection of Pinworm eggs /Amoeba

A

100.00

CSF

Amoeba

A

125.00

Liver aspirate

 

A

160.00

Sputum (inhaled 3% saline)

Detection of Pneumocystis carinii /

A

300.00

 

Paragonimus eggs

 

 

Trans bronchial aspirations

Detection of Pneumocystis carinii

A

300.00

Lymphnode aspirates

 

A

160.00

Blood

Trypanosomiasis

A

100.00

CSF

 

A

125.00

Chancre fluid

 

A

160.00

Identification

Cestodes, nematodes, snakes,

A

300.00

 

 ticks, mites, fleas

 

 

Cyst fluid examination

Echinococcus granulosus

A

160.00

Biopsy(Bladder, Rectal), Rectal scrapings

Detection of  Schistosoma eggs

A

200.00

Duodenal Aspirates

Detection of Flagellates, Clonorchis,

A

100.00

 

Fasciola, Strongyloides larvae

 

 

Bonemarrow Aspirates

Toxoplasma, Leishmania

A

160.00

Peritoneal Fluid

Toxoplasma

A

160.00

 

 

 

 

Stoll's egg counting technique

 

A

200.00

Faeces concentration Techniques

Ova, cyst, larvae

B

250.00

(Formal Ether Technique)

 

 

 

Knott's Concentration technique

Detection of Microfilaria

A

160.00

To differentiate hook worm larava

 

B

200.00

 from Strongyloides larvae

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

*Subject to availability of test kits
A - Free for Staff of  Faculty of Medicine, Colombo and patients referred from Government Hospitals
B - Fee involved for all

Please note the sample must accompany a detailed request form including patient's name, age, sex, patient's history etc.
           
 15.06.2012     Department of Parasitology, Faculty of Medicine, Colombo 8.