Kohima: Nagaland has so far spent an amount of approximately Rs 17.16 crore for COVID-19 sample tests through RT-PCR and TrueNat machines. This, however, excludes the consumables and other logistical expenses.
While around Rs 14 crore has been spent on RT-PCR testing, approximately Rs 3.15 crore has been spent on TrueNat testing. This was revealed by Dr Kika Longkumer, deputy director of the health and family welfare, during a press conference at the directorate in Kohima on Wednesday.
Dr Kika said that the test includes 31,124 samples that were conducted through RT-PCR and 21,015 samples that were conducted through the TrueNat test.
The rate is calculated at Rs 4,500 per test though RT-PCR and Rs 1,500 per test through TrueNat. The total expense of around Rs 17.16 crore is the expenses paid by the state government.
COVID-19 sample testings are chargeable for those entering the state under the ‘special category’. However, if a person is tested positive through TrueNat test, the sample sent for further confirmation through RT-PCR is not chargeable.
Dr Kika confirmed that all tests done through the RT-PCR are done at the expense of the state government. He reiterated that the total amount of around Rs 17.16 crore is only for the testing and does not include consumables and other logistical expenses.
Principal director of HFW Dr Vizolie Z Suokhrie advocated for the rational conduct of COVID-19 testings. He said that the people do not that testings must be done rationally.
Dr Vizolie also said that the scientists, laboratory technicians and others working in the BSL laboratories are conducting COVID-19 testing 24×7 on a shift basis.
He further said that so far, there has not been a single day in the state when testings have been halted due to lack of required resources. He assured that the awaited sample backlogs will be cleared by Wednesday.