Significant findings by Sambhavna interns

In October and November of this year, four MSc Microbiology students from the local Saifia Science College interned at Sambhavna. They were keen and open to suggestions that contrasted with teachings from their faculty and were all very hardworking.

They worked mostly in Sambhavna’s microbiology laboratory and have fully documented their work. They are now preparing their reports for submission for their MSc degrees. They have already made presentations on the methodology and findings of their studies at the weekly meeting of the clinic.

Miss Harsha Bandnwar in her study entitled, “Soil microflora from chemically contaminated and uncontaminated sites” found that the difference between contaminated soil from near the Union Carbide factory and uncontaminated soil at Sambhavna Clinic was the presence of clostridium, a micro-organism that is very effective in the decontamination of soil.

Miss Farha Khan in her study entitled, “Resistance in E coli found in water from different sources” found a large presence of antibiotic resistant bacteria in water samples from the lake and a much smaller number of resistant bacteria (with far wider range of sensitivity to antibiotics) in tap water and groundwater samples.

Mr Prashant Kumar Dubey in his study entitled, “Determination of antibacterial activity of Azadirachta indica against Staphylococcus aureas” found alcohol extract from dried neem leaves to be as effective as several antibiotics in controlling colonies of bacteria.

Mr Lekhraj Malviya in his study entitled “Candida albicans vaginal infection and sensitivity to different antifungal drugs” was able to show that home remedies could be as effective in treatment of vaginal thrush as antifungal ointments and pills.

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