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On RT-PCR Tests, Assam Private Labs not Eager

  by NEWSNER , 2021-04-16 11:29:35

On RT-PCR Tests, Assam Private Labs not Eager

Private diagnostic laboratories in Assam say capping of RT-PCR test rates will make the test financially unviable.


The Assam government has fixed ₹500 because of the maximum price for an RT-PCR test and ₹250 for a rapid antigen test. If the sample for RT-PCR is collected reception, then ₹700 are often charged. While the government has ramped up the testing facilities, some private hospitals have outsourced an equivalent to laboratories.


A group of hospitals have now approached the govt and sought a revision of the rates.


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A senior government official, who don't wish to be named, told ET: “Some people have asked the govt to revise the speed, for at existing rate it's not feasible. We are looking into it.”


The Arunachal Pradesh government on Wednesday said the speed for RT-PCR and TrueNat tests has been reduced to ₹500 from ₹1,000, while there'll be a charge of ₹200 for a rapid antigen test.


On April 12, the state-administered 1,022,182 tests and 583 new cases were detected. the subsequent day, 59,310 tests were done while the number of latest cases was around 590. 30,065 tests were done and 385 new cases were detected. 


“FIR is going to be lodged against those violating the quality procedure (SOP) of Bihu function. FIR is going to be filed against those appearing in visuals after 11.30 pm,” Sarma said. “If that they had a drag with SOP, they might have moved the court.”


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