RTPCR to cost Rs. 600, RAT Rs. 100 in NEIGRIHMS

SHILLONG, Oct 24: Testing for COVID-19 in North Eastern Indira Gandhi Regional Institute of Health and Medical Sciences (NEIGRIHMS) is charging Rs. 100 for rapid antigen test (RAT), Rs. 600 for RTPCR, its Director Prof P. Bhattacharya said.

Prof Bhattacharya, informed that CBNAAT will cost Rs. 2500 and will be used only in emergency cases.

“This is only in a specific situation, when results will be needed within one to two hours suppose an accident victim or an Intensive Care Unit (ICU) patient is to be admitted, but we have to take the call,” the Director added.

Prof Bhattacharya also informed it was expected that COVID-19 cases may slightly go up in Meghalaya more than in a place where winter is not so cold.

“So we will see how it unfolds. But hope the numbers will not surge too much,” he said.

When asked whether Vitamin D can reduce COVID-19’s severity among patients, the NEIGRIHMS Director said that even Vitamin C and Zinc apparently helps.

“But you don’t need to go overboard with excess vitamin D or the others. The intake should not be more than one gram per day, it should keep your body resistance high,” Prof Bhattacharya said.