GUWAHATI: The State Health Department has fixed the rates of two more types of COVID-19 tests – TrueNat and CBNAAT – at Rs 1,200 each.
These two tests can be done only in laboratories or nursing homes that have ICMR (Indian Council of Medical Research) and NABL (National Accreditation Board for Testing and Calibration Laboratories) approval.
Sources in the Department said that the rates of the RT-PER tests will remain unchanged – Rs 500 in hospital and Rs 700 for home collection of samples.
According to sources in the Health Department, the TrueNat system is now a comprehensive assay for screening and confirmation of COVID-19. This test gives the results within 45 minutes, that too, with more accuracy than RT-PCR that takes a day for the result. No further RT-PCR-based confirmation is required for samples that are confirmed as COVID-19 positive by the TrueNat assays.
The CBNAAT tests run on the same technology of nasal and oral swabs. It also gives the results in 45 minutes. These two tests are done for those who cannot wait a day for the result.
All nursing homes and laboratories have to display the rates of these two tests.
The district administrations and Health Department officials concerned shall closely monitor and enforce the rates strictly. According to the Department, non-compliance shall attract action as per the provision of law.