Jamshedpur, Jan 14: Jamshedpur East MLA Saryu Rai has written to chief secretary Jharkhand, Sukhdev Singh about reducing the fee of RTPCR test by private labs and the additional money being charged for testing and collection of samples.
Citing the letter by the then principal secretary health, Jharkhand (Nitin Madan Kulkarni), Saryu Rai said, that cases of Covid is increasing fast due to Omicron variant leading to increase in number of testing done in Jharkhand.
“According to the above referenced order, at present, the revised rate of test in the state has been fixed at Rs.400 per test (including PPE kit fee and all taxes). Earlier, according to the departmental order issued on 01.12.2020, this fee was ordered to be collected at the rate of Rs.800 per test. Apart from this, an additional amount of Rs 200 has been earmarked for collection of RTPCR sample from the place of residence,” said Rai.
The letter points out that as per Director General of the Indian Council of Medical Research, statement published in newspaper the prices of Covid testing kits have come down drastically. Presently it is available in the market at the rate of Rs 50 per kit.
“ Keeping this in mind, it seems necessary that the rate of Rs 400 per test fixed in the state of Jharkhand for corona test should be revised and it should be brought below Rs 100 per test,” the letter requests.
The letter informs that as per Jharkhand health department order private labs charge an additional amount of Rs 200 for collecting RT-PCR samples at the patient’s residence.
“It is mandatory to test all symptomatic patients negative from Rapid Antigen Test with RT-PCR. This order of the government is unclear. This order should be clearly explained by the government. It is not clear in this order that if a person from a private laboratory goes to someone’s house to collect the sample, then this fee will be charged at the rate of Rs 200 from each member of the household giving the sample or it will be for all the members of a household. Since sampling collection from one’s home is a service act. So I think this fee should be Rs 200 in lump sum for all the number of members of a household,” the letter states.
The letter requests for revising the earlier order and explain the revised rate clearly for the convenience of the masses.