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MoHP permits private labs to conduct COVID-19 test



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By TRN Online, Kathmandu, Apr. 27: With an objective to maintain and regulate the minimum standards of laboratories testing COVID-19, the health ministry has issued 'Interim Guidelines for the Establishment and Operationalisation of Molecular Llaboratories for COVID-19'.

In line with this directive, private laboratories can also conduct COVID-19 test through PCR technique by fulfilling the prescribed standards.

However, the private laboratories willing to operate COVID-19 testing services should take separate permission from the ministry, Dr. Bikash Devkota, MoHP spokesperson, said on Monday.

Likewise, the State 1 government has established 100-beded COVID-19 special hospital in the BP Koirala Institute of Health Sciences.  Similarly, COVID-19 test through PCR technique have been introduced in Rapti Academy of Health Sciences.

With this, the laboratories conducting sample test for COVID-19 through PCR technique have reached 16 in the country.

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