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Delhi Govt: Dengue test fee at Rs 600

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By NewsGram Staff Writer

New Delhi: The Delhi Government on Wednesday fixed a maximum fee of Rs 600 for dengue tests at private hospital, after reports of overcharging by private hospitals came to light, a minister said.

“We have come to know that private hospitals are overcharging for dengue tests. That is why we’ve decided to fix a cap on these tests for the private hospitals and laboratories. Nobody can charge anything beyond this rate,” said Delhi Health Minister Satyender Jain.

Private hospitals were instructed by the state government to increase their bed count by 10 to 20 percent within a week.

“If the private hospitals successfully increase the number of beds, there will be an average increase of at least 3,000 beds for patients in the capital. These will be used only for fever and dengue patients and no private hospital should turn away patients,” he said.

There are three tests for dengue – NS1 antigen test, dengue antibody test and the platelet count test. The minister said that the government has fixed a cap of Rs.600 each for the first two tests and Rs.50 for platelet count test.

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At present, there are a total of 10,000 beds in state-run hospitals, 20,000 in municipal and central government-run hospitals, and 20,000 more in private hospitals, according to the Delhi Government.

Reacting to the recent deaths in the capital because of Dengue, he said: “This is not an outbreak but people are in panic. I appeal to the people to try and avoid mosquito bite during day time. People should understand their responsibility. They shouldn’t let water collect in pots, pots, tyres and utensils.”

In addition, he urged people not to indulge in “self-medication” and advised that people should “take medicines only on the prescription of doctors”.

“But they should not pressurize hospitals to get themselves admitted. If a doctor feels a patient needs to be admitted, he will do it,” said Jain.

Regarding the shortage of beds at Safdarjung hospital, Jain said: “I have spoken to (Union Health Minister) J.P. Nadda yesterday (Tuesday) and requested him to look into the matter.”

(With inputs from IANS)

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Musk had offered 1,255 ventilators for free to help fight COVID-19 pandemic

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Musk had offered 1,255 ventilators for free to help fight COVID-19 pandemic. Wikimedia Commons

Tesla CEO Elon Musk has announced that he and his companies have access to additional FDA-approved ventilators that can be shipped free of cost to hospitals within regions where the electric car maker delivers.

“We have extra FDA-approved ventilators. Will ship to hospitals worldwide within Tesla delivery regions. Device and shipping cost are free. Only requirement is that the vents are needed immediately for patients, not stored in a warehouse. Please or @Tesla know,” Musk tweeted on Tuesday.

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The need for additional ventilators has taken center stage in the ongoing fight against the spread of coronavirus and the ventilator has become a critical first line of defense for patients infected by the virus.

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Tesla CEO Elon Musk has announced that he and his companies have access to additional FDA-approved ventilators that can be shipped free of cost to hospitals within regions where the electric car maker delivers. Wikimedia Commons

Musk had offered 1,255 ventilators for free to help fight COVID-19 pandemic.

He has also donated 50,000 N95 surgical masks and various protective items to a hospital in the US.

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Additionally, Musk said that the company’s Gigafactory facility in New York will soon reopen to begin producing ventilators that are in short supply due to the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic. (IANS)