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Govt warns 8 costly labs of revoking PCR test permit

Health Ministry spokesperson Jageshwor Gautam

Kathmandu, September 30

The government has given eight private labs of Kathmandu valley which had challenged the government decision about the charge of polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests for coronavirus a 24-ultimate to abide by the decision.

Although the government had fixed Rs 2,000 as the charge for a coronavirus PCR test, the following labs had said they would collect Rs 3,899 for each test:

  1. Star Hospital
  2. HAMS Hospital
  3. B&B Hospital
  4. Nepal Mediciti Hospital
  5. Decode Genomics and Research Centre
  6. Saurya Healthcare Pvt Ltd
  7. Central Diagnostic Laboratory and Research Centre
  8. Intrepid Diagnostic Centre

But, speaking in his daily press briefing in Kathmandu on Wednesday afternoon, the Ministry of Health and Population Spokesperson Dr Jageshwor Gautam said permits issued to them for the test would be revoked if they would implement the government decision in the next 24 hours.

In such cases, the labs would also be subjected to action as per the black marketing law, according to him.

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