Shillong: With pressure mounting on the Meghalaya health department to include all the expenses of COVID-19 patients under the Megha Health Insurance Scheme (MHIS), health minister AL Hek on Tuesday said that the government will decide on the issue in two days.

According to MHIS state manager Sonata Dkhar, the total amount initiated for COVID-19 treatment is Rs 2.11 crore and for COVID-19 tests is Rs 7.39 crore. Dkhar informed they have had 866 cases of COVID-19 treatment and 4,099 cases of COVID-19 tests, all in private hospitals.

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Earlier, the Federation of Khasi Jaiñtia and Garo People (FKJGP) had written to the CM to sanction a special scheme for the COVID-19 patients to cover their expenses for treatment in all the private and government hospitals across the state.

The FKJGP had petitioned that some private hospitals are trying to take advantage of the COVID-19 situation. As such, family members of those affected by COVID-19 are hesitating to go for testing & medical treatment fearing high costs.

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