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National Consumers Forum calls for free COVID tests

2022 Jan 18, 17:31, Kathmandu
People doing PCR check-ups in Teku Hospital Photo-Bidyash Dangol/NepalNews

The National Consumers Forum (NCF) has called for providing cost-free COVID-19 tests. In a letter to the office of the Prime Minister and Council of Ministers today, NCF demanded that the PCR and antigen tests for coronavirus infection should be made free for all.

The letter signed by NCF president Prem Lal Maharjan states that the demand for making the tests for coronavirus infection cost-free has been made as the consumers and doctors have complained that the government and private hospitals were charging more than the stipulated cost for the tests.

"There are complains that the private hospitals were charging minimum Rs 500 for an antigen test and Rs 2,000 for PCR test while the government hospitals were taking minimum Rs 1,000 for a PCR test," he said, adding that it should not cost more than Rs 800 on the basis of the maximum cost of six US Dollars.

The government itself has been urging each citizen to have PCR and antigen test done in case of suspicion and PCR or antigen test certificate or the vaccination cards are mandatory while visiting the public places, programs, and for taking government services, the letter stated.


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