Dengue test fee fixed at Rs1,500

Laboratories directed to mention machine being used for test, reagents and kits


Our Correspondent September 20, 2022
Dengue patients receive treatment at the isolation ward of Hyderabad Civil Hospital. PHOTO: INP

LAHORE:

The Punjab Healthcare Commission (PHC) on Monday fixed the price of the ELISA dengue test at Rs1,500.

As per the directives issued to all private laboratories, collection centres and hospital labs of the province, the maximum price of the ELISA dengue NS-1, IgG and IgM test has been fixed at Rs1,500.

Also, all the entities, both providing the testing facilities and collecting samples, have been directed not to charge more than the fixed rate.

They have been also further directed to mention the machine being used for the test, reagents and kits with their certification, and lastly, individual batch numbers as well.

They have also been directed that the reporting time should not be more than 24 hours.

Earlier on Monday, a consultative meeting was held at the PHC office with representatives of the leading laboratories, chaired by PHC Chief Executive Officer Dr Muhammad Saqib Aziz, wherein the consensus was reached to reduce the prices of dengue-related tests in the larger public interest to Rs1,500.

Moreover, the testing entities have also been warned against violating the orders, and violations would entail penal consequences, including fines, suspension of services, deregistration from the PHC, and sealing of the premises.

“To ensure these directions, the authorised PHC officers will inspect and visit hospitals, private laboratories and collection centres from time to time,” warns the directive.

Published in The Express Tribune, September 20th, 2022.

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