Private hospitals permitted to use RAT

DIMAPUR | Publish Date: 8/1/2020 12:17:44 PM IST

Private hospitals registered under NHCE Act 1997 have been permitted to use Rapid Antibody Test (RAT) as Point of Care (PoC) for COVID-19 testing subject to fulfilment of the advisory.

According to DIPR report, the department of Health & Family Welfare have asked the interested hospital/ labs initiating testing through the rapid antigen PoC test to mandatorily register with ICMR for data entry into the ICMR portal on a real time basis. Such hospitals/ labs are to send their details to the state nodal officer for COVID-19 testing, Dr. Robin Lotha, joint director by email to stonu@rntcp.oru and for any queries to contact at 8119000484. It informed that registered private hospitals within the state are allowed to charge an amount of 15% above MRP plus GST per test from the patient(s) for COVID-19 testing through Rapid Antigen Test.
Only ICMR validated RAT shall be used. The details of validated test kits list of companies/vendors of  RAT kits for COVID-19 can be downloaded from of rapid antigen kits 22Q72020.pdf.

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