The Jharkhand government has slashed the maximum price of RT-PCR tests for Covid-19 to Rs 1,500. On June 29, the state government had capped the rate at Rs 2,400.
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The Jharkhand government has slashed the maximum price of RT-PCR tests for Covid-19 to Rs 1,500.
The National Rural Health Mission (NRHM) director, Ravi Shankar Shukla, has said that the decision was taken in view of the fall in rates of the kits and related items required to conduct the tests.
Action will be taken against private labs not abiding to the notification; they may also lose their licence, according to the order issued by the state government.
Most of the labs said that the rate at Rs 1,500 was effective from Wednesday.
“Thanks, now unfortunately if somebody gets infected he or she will not have to shell out more than Rs 1,500.” Kishore Shahdeo, a resident of Ranchi, said.
“The new rate will definitely bring relief for many in the coronavirus pandemic,” said another person. Health minister Banna Gupta, and NRHM director Shukla said that the National Health Mission (NHM) had invited bids for testing kits. “The labs will have to strictly follow the new rate,” said the minister.
On June 29, the state government had capped the rate at Rs 2,400.