Stating that the rates for COVID 19 tests at NEIGRIHMS are quite reasonable as they are providing tests at a subsidized rate, Deputy Chief Minister, Prestone Tynsong on Thursday said the rates for various COVID-19 tests fixed by the state government and that by the North Eastern Indira Gandhi Regional Institute of Health & Medical Sciences (NEIGRIHMS) differs.
“The rates for COVID tests at NEIGRIHMS are quite reasonable as the overhead cost and testing kits are being supplied by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare but here, the state government has to pay for everything,” Tynsong told reporters.
“We have to take care of the overhead cost including manpower cost, so we are left with no option but to meet from the rates fixed for the COVID-19 tests so that it will not burden the state’s exchequer,” he said.
His statement came a day after the state government has revised the rates of various COVID-19 tests to make them affordable to the community.
While the rate for Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) remains at Rs 500, the government has reduced the rate for RT-PCR test at Rs 1,000, TruNAAT at Rs 1,500, and CBNAAT at Rs 3,000 compared to the earlier rate fixed for all three tests at Rs, 3,200.
Asked, Tynsong said the government has decided to revise the rates of the COVID-19 tests based on the quotation of the companies, who are qualified as per the tender floated, for supplying testing kits to the state.
He also reiterated that the BPL families are exempted from paid COVID-19 tests.
Meanwhile, Director of Health Services (MI), Dr. Aman War has informed that over 7,018 people have undergone paid rapid antigen tests, while 47 are exempted from the payment at the various entry points across the state, after the implementation of the paid testing protocol from October 16 onwards.
He said a total of 1,934 people underwent paid tests at NEIGRIHMS and other private hospitals in East Khasi Hills district while 485 at the different civil hospitals, CHC, and PHCs across the state. EOM