PMC approves Rs 7.5 crore to cover costs of tests in pvt labs
The civic administration expects testing capacity to increase by 500 daily.Updated: Jun 24, 2020 17:05 IST
PUNE: The standing committee of the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC), on Tuesday, approved Rs7.5 crore towards the cost of Covid-19 tests in private laboratories, an expense the civic body has decided to bear henceforth.
Standing committee chairperson, Hemant Rasane, said, “The PMC has approved Rs 7.5 crore for bearing the cost of tests carried out by private laboratories. It will help to increase testing facilities in the city. We are expecting testing capacity to immediately increase by 500 daily. The PMC will also bear the test costs of pregnant women.”
Municipal commissioner Shekhar Gaikwad said, “As PMC is going to bear the cost of tests carried out in private laboratories, it will help to get speedy reports.”
Standing committee chairperson Rasane said, “The PMC administration is carrying out discussion with private laboratories for bringing down the rates for testing. The municipal commissioner assured that the civic administration would definitely do the negotiations. But if by any chance, PMC did not get less rates, the standing committee approved the proposal by considering Rs2,200 per test and if the test is conducted by visiting home, Rs2,800 would be given. The civic administration was given a cap and allowed to spend Rs3.5 crore first. Even asked to do one lakh rapid tests for close contact persons who came in contact with a positive person. The cost of rapid test is Rs450 and the standing panel approved to spend Rs4 crore for it. The standing committee will review that the laboratories are doing genuine tests.”