Deputy chief minister Prestone Tynsong informed that RAT test is prescribed norms given by ICMR

Shillong: The Meghalaya government is likely to instruct the health department to carry out a review meeting with all private hospitals in the state following reports that they are refusing COVID-19 patients.

Meghalaya deputy chief minister Prestone Tynsong informed that private hospitals are referring all COVID-19 cases to NEIGRIHMS.

“Private hospitals must take part in fighting COVID in the state and not shift responsibility,” asserted Tynsong.

The government is hopeful of resolving differences in the meeting they have called with private hospitals.

Concerning the recent decision made by the government to make Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) mandatory at the entry points, Tynsong said that the state is following norms prescribed by the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR). Tynsong’s reaction follows a statement by director NEIGRIHMS who termed the antigen tests at state borders wasteful.

“Since the authorities say that RAT has to be in place to shorten the process of detecting COVID patients, so it’s needed to test,” said Tynsong.

He added that the state government is bound to the guidelines made by ICMR and Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.

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