Thursday, December 09, 2021

Regulate Rapid RT-PCR test rates at Mumbai airport: Rajesh Tope to IRS officer

Mumbai: State Health Minister Rajesh Tope has written to IRS officer Dr Sudhakar Shinde to regulate prices of Rapid RT-PCR tests at the Mumbai International Airport. Dr Shinde heads the price regulation committee of the state and the Mahatma Phule Jan Arogya Mission.

Tope’s letter comes in the backdrop of a letter written on December 7 by Additional Chief Secretary of the state health department Dr Pradeep Vyas to Union Health Departments Additional Secretary Arti Ahuja stating that the rates of Rapid RT-PCR tests at Mumbai International Airport Limited run by Adani Airports are too high. The Indian Express had reported about Vyas’s letter on December 8.

In his letter, Tope said that the state has received several complaints about the high Rapid RT-PCR rates at the airport. He said that the prices of masks, PPE kits and other protective gear are now much less and revised rates must be fixed soon.

Sources said that the Dr Shinde committee will bring down rates drastically and judiciously. Earlier, the committee had brought prices of N 95 masks, plain masks, PPEs and tests related to COVID 19.

In the wake of the Omicron variant of COVID 19 virus, the state has intensified testing on advice from the Centre. State officials, however, had raised concerns over the high testing rates at the airport.

“At the Mumbai airport the rapid RTPCR test is being charged at Rs 4500, which operator has agreed to bring it down to Rs 3900 per test, but still it is very high compared to the rates of similar test at other airports like Bangalore, Chennai and Kochi,” the letter by Vyas to Additional Secretary Ahuja stated.

09/12/21 Yogesh Naik/Indian Express

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