Kohima, July 24 (NEx): The Department of Health & Family Welfare in a clarification of charging Rs.1500 per Truenat test, stated that it is not for returnees or general public requiring COVID-19 testing, but for special categories of non-residential people who need to enter Nagaland for a short duration for urgent essential work.
The Principal Director, H&FW stated that there is no charge for COVID-19 testing as published in the newspapers today, July 24, 2020. The Standard Operating Protocol (SOP) is not for returnees or general public requiring COVID-19 testing.
The SOP issued is for special categories of non-residential people who need to enter Nagaland for a short duration for urgent essential work or for unavoidable reasons, clarified the DH&FW.
These categories include skilled labourers, mechanics, technicians, engineers, etc, who need to enter Nagaland for a short duration for providing their services for maintenance/repair/constructions, and others, for essential/emergency services like power, telecom, transport, upkeep of medical equipments/labs or for some other unavoidable reasons, it stated.
This SOP is also for the government servants who need to enter the state and immediately start performing duties, it said.
This special category of people whose service are urgently required but may be deterred to enter the state by 14 days of facility quarantine and 14 days of home quarantine requirement are being facilitated by this special SOP as per the notification on June 17, 2020.
The department clarified that only special group of people will be charged Rs.1500 per TrueNet test. Also, within this category, those who are on official government duty will be exempted from the testing charge, stated the Principal Director, H&FW.