The Manipal Poison Detection Centre has been recognized by the World Health Organization for its contributions as a specialized unit that advises and assists with the prevention, diagnosis and management of poisoning.
The centre was established in 2015 as Kasturba Medical College (KMC) Hospital at Manipal received many poisoning and drug-abuse cases regularly, a statement said.
The WHO has listed the centre in the directory of World Poison Centres on their website.
The centre also has a toxicology laboratory and a clinical treatment unit.
The incidence of poisoning in India is among the highest in the world and more than 50,000 people die every year from toxic exposure. To add to this, there is rampant substance abuse in the younger generation.
Kasturba Medical College Hospital is the main tertiary care referral hospital catering to a population of 130,000,000 across states of Karnataka, Kerala and Andhra Pradesh in the southern part of India.
Intervention and Comprehensive Care, Analytical Toxicology Wing was started on 20 March 2015. This wing was established in collaboration with the department of Biochemistry, Forensic Medicine and Toxicology and Pharmacy Practice.
This centre offers different tests, including drug abuse panel; pesticide panel; alcohol panel; narcotic panel and heavy metal panel. This is helping in early detection and proper treatment of such cases.