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Govt labs to test private hospital samples for free

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Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 4

In a move that has raised eyebrows, the government has decided to offer free testing facilities for Covid-19 samples sent to it by private hospitals, clinics and laboratories. The samples will be processed in government laboratories, but the private laboratories can charge maximum Rs 1,000 for each sample.

Who all can be tested by pvt hospitals

  • Symptomatic travellers, returnees or migrants
  • Symptomatic contacts of Covid-19 patients and persons coming from hotspots
  • Asymptomatic high-risk contacts of Covid-19 patients
  • Frontline workers
  • Patients with influenza-like symptoms and severe acute respiratory infection

In a communication sent to all civil surgeons, the Director, Health Services, said the decision would help in containing the spread of the pandemic. The Department of Health and Family Welfare has decided to conduct RT-PCR tests on samples sent by empaneled private hospitals/clinics and private laboratories for free. The civil surgeons will empanel private hospitals/clinics and laboratories.

However, as per the communication, the private hospitals, clinics and laboratories should have a separate isolated area for the suspected Covid-19 patients where samples will be taken. The person taking samples will wear personal protective gear.

Apart from this, the private hospital shall arrange the required logistics and collect samples, pack and send these to the nearest government health facility as per protocol. "The samples sent by empaneled private hospitals/clinics shall be tested free at government labs," the communication said.

As per the communication, the private hospitals/clinics availing this facility shall not charge more than Rs 1,000 from patients for sample collection. Besides, the communication said no emergency procedure, including deliveries, should be delayed for lack of test.



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