KATHMANDU, Sept 14: The Ministry of Health and Population (MoHP) on Sunday reduced the cost of Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) test for COVID-19 by Rs 2,400.
According to Jageshwar Gautam, spokesperson for the MoHP, the cost of PCR test has been lowered to Rs 2,000 from 4,400.
This is the second time the ministry has slashed the cost of PCR test. Earlier on August 30, the government had decided to reduce the cost of PCR test by 1,100. Initially, the ministry had set the rate of PCR test as 5,500. However, following criticism, the government lowered the cost of PCR test to 4,400 from 5,500.
Some private hospitals and labs in Kathmandu which were allowed to conduct PCR test for COVID-19 were found to have been charging extra fees despite the ministry’s instruction to conduct PCR test at the government-decided rate.