Delhi fixes ceiling of Rs 600 for chikungunya test

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New Delhi, Aug 30 (IANS) The Delhi government on Tuesday fixed a ceiling of Rs 600 as cost for chikungunya serology test at all private hospitals and laboratories.

“We were receiving complaints that private hospitals and laboratories were charging very high for chikungunya tests. Now we have fixed the cap at Rs 600 for chikungunya serology test,” Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain told reporters.

Action will be taken against the private hospitals/nursing homes or laboratories charging more than the fixed price, he said.

Chikungunya cases have risen to 432 and dengue cases to 487 cases with two deaths until August 27, according to the three municipal corporations.

An inquiry by IANS, however, shows that seven big hospitals of Delhi have reported more than 1,000 chikungunya cases.

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