Govt fixes Covid-19 test fee

In an effort to avoid unnecessary tests of Covid-19, the government has fixed the coronavirus test fee on Monday.


Health Service Division under the Health and Family Welfare Ministry issued a circular in this regard.


According to it, anyone who wants to conduct a test from government hospitals or Covid-19 dedicated booths have to pay Tk 200 while Tk 500 if samples collected from the home of a patient suspected to be infected with the virus.


Covid-19 test is being conducted through RT-PCR test and the government is giving the service at a free of cost.


Many people have availed the opportunity from the government hospitals while people who have no symptoms have also conducted their tests.


In such cases, the government took the initiative to avoid testing unnecessarily.


The order will come into effect after getting approval from the authorities concerned.


The cost Covid-19 tests at private hospitals is high. But people have to go to private hospitals for testing due to huge pressure at government hospitals.


Source: United News of Bangladesh