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The project titled ”Fabrication of a Lab-on-a-Chip Device for the Point of Care Testing of Hemoglobin” is funded by DST and Dr. P. V. Suneesh, Assistant Professor, Department of Sciences, School of Engineering, Coimbatore, is the Principal Investigator and Dr. T. G. Satheesh Babu, Associate Professor, Department of Sciences, School of Engineering, Coimbatore, is the Co-Investigator.
Anemia is a serious health problem in developing and underdeveloped countries irrespective of age and gender. Starting with a simple fatigue, anemia can even lead to death if on time monitoring and treatment fails. From times, anemia is figured out by measuring the blood hemoglobin (Hb) levels of a person. Current hemoglobin detection relies completely on clinical laboratories and that require trained technicians and costly equipments for the analysis. This project envisages the development of a point of care testing device composed of a disposable hemoglobin sensing chip and a meter to convert the sensor response to Hb concentration. This device will be able to combat the drawbacks of the existing methods