Ms Kandalat Ermakova works in a laboratory in the Suzak rayon near Jalal-Abad in southern Kyrgyzstan. About a year and half ago, her laboratory was equipped with a GeneXpert terminal. Our Project was then able to provide her and her colleagues with a series of trainings on using the machines, including how to observe infection control measures when running the tests.
After putting on protective clothes, Ms Ermakova takes biological samples stored in a refrigerator. Each container is sealed and contains body fluids, called sputum, collected on site from patients suspected of having tuberculosis.
In each container, Ms Ermakova adds a reacting agent, mixes it with the biological sample, and let the solution rest for a few minutes. Once the sample is ready, she adds a few milliliters of the mix to a special GeneXpert cartridge. Each step is carefully documented to avoid errors.