Govt makes corona test free for poor

Staff Correspondent

2 July, 2021 12:00 AM printer

The government has facilitated free coronavirus test for the poor people at the government hospitals in the country for the month of July. 

Amid fresh surge of coronavirus in the country, the government has made Covid-19 test free for poor people for July in a bid to increase detection of the patients infected with the deadly pathogen.  The health and family welfare ministry has ordered all the government health institutions to carry out free test for the poor people for the month of July, said an order of the health services division on Thursday.

“Necessity of Covid-19 detection test has emerged due to increasing coronavirus infection across the country. At the same time it has become difficult for the poor people to go for corona test for more than one member in his family,” the ministry observed.

The government in August last year had fixed Tk100 for coronavirus testing if people provide their samples at collection booths of the government hospitals. Testing samples of indoor patients at hospitals will cost the same. The fee would be Tk300 instead, if samples are collected from homes.