Govt reduces PCR test fee, will now cost Rs 1,000

Kathmandu, February 11

The government of Nepal has reduced the fee for PCR tests. According to the Ministry of Health and Population, government labs from now on will only charge Rs 1,000 for PCR tests from Thursday.

The decision was made by Health Minister Hridayesh Tripathi along with other officials from the ministry on Wednesday.

The tests were initially done free of cost at National Public Health Laboratory, Teku.

But as Covid-19 cases rose, the cost to take a PCR test reached as high as Rs 4,500.

However, after criticism from all over, the tests at private labs were done for Rs 2,000 before the government’s decision to half it to Rs 1,000.

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