The Union Well being Ministry on Tuesday stated it had issued written instructions to states and Union Territories to kind skilled teams to review the market and decide the charges of COVID-19 checks.
In response to a query posed at a press briefing, Union Well being Secretary Rajesh Bhushan stated deciding the charges of the checks doesn’t come beneath the purview if the Centre and is a state matter.
“Nevertheless, the Centre offers suggestions to the state and Union Territories every so often on deciding the speed of checks in a rational and clear method.
“Final week, the Union well being ministry wrote to all states to arrange an skilled group to review the market and decide the testing charges. The states have adopted alternative ways to repair the charges,” he stated.
Indian Council of Medical Analysis (ICMR) Director Common Balram Bhargava stated with the rise in manufacturing of kits by indigenous producers, the worth of COVID-19 testing kits has come right down to Rs 75 for RT-PCR kits and Rs 37 for RNA kits.
“The worth has come dramatically down. India has began exporting the kits and the demand is way lower than the provision, so the worth has come down,” Mr Bhargava stated.
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