Haryana Health Department Reduces Cost Of RT-PCR, Rapid Antigen COVID-19 Tests

The Haryana health department on Thursday decided to further reduce the prices of RT-PCR and rapid antigen COVID-19 tests.

Haryana   |   30 Oct 2020 11:33 AM GMT
Editor : Shubhendu Deshmukh | Creatives : Abhishek M
Haryana Health Department Reduces Cost Of RT-PCR, Rapid Antigen COVID-19 Tests

Image Credits: Zeenews.com

The Haryana health department has further reduced the cost of Reverse transcription-polymerase Chain Reaction (RT-PCR) tests from ₹1,200 to ₹900, confirmed the senior state official on Thursday.

The testing cost of rapid antigen test has also been brought down from ₹650 to ₹500. With the reduced prices, it is expected that the testing would increase in the state. On Thursday, the state health department directed the private labs to not charge more than the new prices.

The private labs said that the increase in testing volume would cover up for the remaining costs.

As COVID-19 cases continue to rise daily, the district health officials said that testing can be increased with the affordability that comes with the revised costs.

Rajeev Arora, the additional chief secretary of the state health department said that the decision has been taken after consultation with the private labs.

"The rates of the RT-PCR kits are declining. Our officials are keeping watch on the cost and immediately taking action when appropriate. Even the cost of consumables is included in the testing slab," said Arora as reported by The Hindustan Times.

Dr Virender Yadav, chief medical officer, said that the testing might increase due to affordability.

Also Read: Building Resilience Through Innovation: This Organisation Is Rehabilitating Flood-Hit Tribal Families In Kerala

Suggest a correction

    Help Us Correct

    To err is human, to help correct is humane
    Identified a factual or typographical error in this story? Kindly use this form to alert our editors
  • *
  • *
  • *
  • Form Submitted Successfully
    Error in submitting form. Try again later

Contributors

Ankita Singh

Ankita Singh

Trainee Digital Journalist

A literature lover who likes delving deeper into a wide range of societal issues and expresses her opinions about the same. Keeps looking for best-read recommendations while enjoying her coffee and tea.

Shubhendu Deshmukh

Shubhendu Deshmukh

Digital Editor

Shubhendu, the quint essential news junky, the man who loves science and politics in equal measure and offers the complete contrast to it by being a fan of urdu poetry as well.

Abhishek M

Abhishek M

Creative Producer

" An engineer by profession, Abhishek is the creative producer of the team, graphic designing is his passion and travelling his get away. In more ways than one, he makes the content visually appealing."

Next Story