Hyderabad: Defying Telangana government, Hyderabad's Vijaya Diagnostic Center is charging Rs 1050 for RTPCR test against Rs 750.

"We are not charging more than Rs 1070 for RT PCR home sample collection per person. An additional Rs 300 is for the safety charge, which is applicable only one time. This is applicable one time/one person. For the actual test, we are charging Rs 750 only," said Vijaya Diagnostics.

On December 22, the Telangana government revised rates for COVID-19 tests in private National Accreditation Board for Testing and Calibration Laboratories (NABL) and Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) approved Labs.

"Samples that are collected at the labs /hospitals including all charges have been reduced to a cap of Rs 500. Samples that are collected from home including all charges have been reduced with a cap of Rs 750," Telangana Medical Health and Family Welfare Department said on December 22.

Activist Vijay Gopal has written to Health Department Secretary SAM Rizvi seeking stringent action against the diagnostic center. "If possible cancel their trade license temporarily to send a strong message," Vijay Gopal said.

Responding to Vijay Gopal's appeal, Director of Public Health Dr. G Srinivasa Rao said: "Will get it enquired."

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