Thursday, 27 August 2020

COVID-19 –Revision of Rates for conducting COVID19 Tests in Private NABL & ICMR approved Labs – Orders –Issued. G.O.RT.No. 382, Dated: 27-08-2020

GOVERNMENT OF  ANDHRA PRADESH 

ABSTRACT 

HM&FW Department  – COVID-19 –Revision  of  Rates  for conducting  COVID19 Tests  in  Private  NABL & ICMR  approved  Labs  – Orders  –Issued. 

HEALTH, MEDICAL &FAMILY WELFARE  (B2) DEPARTMENT 

G.O.RT.No. 382                     Dated: 27-08-2020      






Read the following: 

1.  G.O.RT.No.  296,  HM&FW(B2)  Dept.,  dt.12.06.2020. 

2.  From  the CEO,  Dr.  YSRAHCT & State Nodal  Officer for Labs,  COVID- 19,  Lr.No.Dr.YSRAHCT/COVID-19/1365/2020,  dt.19.08.2020.  

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ORDER:     

    In  the G.O.1st  read above,  Government  have  fixed the cost  of  COVID19  testing in the  ICMR  approved  private  NABL  Labs (RT-PCR). The  total cost was fixed  at  Rs.2,400/- for samples referred  by  the  State Government  and Rs.2,900/- for  the  individuals  directly  approaching  ICMR  approved  NABL Labs  for COVID-19 testing,  which  includes  both  the screening  test  and confirmatory  test.   

2.     The  CEO,  Dr.YSRAHCT  &  State  Nodal Officer  for  Labs, COVID-19  in the Letter 2nd  read  above,  has  stated  that  in  view of  increased  availability  of  kits and reduction  in the  cost of  both RNA extraction  and RT-PCR  kits and also keeping in view  of  competition as  more  firms started manufacturing  RNA extraction  kits and  RT-PCR  kits, the  cost of  the  kits came  down. The  Private labs must  pass on  benefits to  people  as  high  testing rates have  been  seen  as an obstacle  in  getting  more  people  to  get tested  for  the  COVID -19  and requested to  revise  the  rates for  COVID-19  testing.   

3. Government  after careful  examination  of the matter,  hereby  revised the  rates for  RT-PCR  testing to  be  charged by the  private  laboratories  as follows:  

(*One  pool  sample  consists of  5  individual samples, if  any pool  is  found  to be  positive, the  same  batch  has to  be  tested  individually,  and payment will given treating  them  as individual  samples, apart from  payment  to  pooled sample.) 

4. Testing can be  done  only in the  ICMR  approved  Laboratories  and all other  conditions  laid  down  by the  ICMR  and  the  State  Government shall apply. P.T.O. 

5. All  the Private NABL & ICMR  approved  Labs  are instructed  to follow the above guidelines and  all  the Hospitals/Institutes/Labs  are instructed to display the  rates in  visible  manner. 

6.  Further,  all  the DMHOs  are directed  to  monitor closely,  enforce  the prices  strictly and give  wide  publicity. 

7.   The  CEO., Dr.YSR  AHCT  shall  take  further  necessary  action  in  the matter. 

(BY  ORDER AND IN  THE  NAME  OF  THE  GOVERNOR OF  ANDHRA PRADESH) 

Dr.K.S.JAWAHAR REDDY, 

SPECIAL CHIEF SECRETARY TO  GOVERNMENT 




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