Gandhinagar: The Gujarat government has announced reduction of the charges of Covid-19 RT-PCR test done privately. Now, an RT-PCR done in a private lab will cost Rs 400, while it will be Rs 550 in case the sample is collected from home.
Earlier, the cost of lab test was Rs 700, while the one where sample was collected from home cost Rs 900.
Additionally, the price of urgent test at airports, too, has been cut from earlier Rs 4,000 to Rs 2,700 now.
The decision to cut the RT-PCR testing price was taken at a meeting of the State Cabinet on Wednesday.
HRCT will also cost less, the state government announced. The test that was priced at Rs 3,000 will now cost Rs 2,500.
The details were shared by Deputy Chief Minister and health minister Nitin Patel.
He added that 17 new CT scan machines would be purchased for district hospitals and medical colleges.
The state government has also approved the purchase of 3 MRI machines. Together, the CT scan and MRI machines will cost the state exchequer Rs 112 crore, Patel added.
Covid-19 cases in Gujarat have currently been hovering between 30 and 40. On Tuesday, there were 30 new case of the infection. While cases have been on the decline, the government has been treading cautiously in the wake of warnings of an imminent third wave of the pandemic.
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