Jammu: In order to ensure availability and affordability of basic tests and diagnostics used in the management of Covid-19 patients; the divisional administration has decided to put a cap on the rates of Covid biomarker tests.
Several references were being received regarding charging of exorbitant rates by some private pathological/biochemistry labs in this regard.
It is worthwhile to mention that tests like serum IL-6/ Ferritin/D-Dimer/ABG/ Procalcitonin/CRP etc have an important role in the management of Covid-19 patients in clinical settings.
Various groups have welcomed this move of capping the rates amid these distressing times. The committee constituted for this purpose includes Additional Commissioner in Div Com office, Director Health Services and HoD Biochemistry, Government Medical College-Jammu; who have been instructed to recommend the genuine/benchmark rates of these tests by 21.05.2021.