Delhi govt caps Dengue test rate at Rs 600


New Delhi: In a bid to curve the dengue menace in the capital and to prevent private health facilities from extorting huge sums from the patients, Delhi government has capped the test rates in private hospitals to Rs. 50 maximum for platelets test and Rs. 600 maximum from Dengue test, says a report in Times of India (TOI).

Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal had conducted a surprise visit to the hospital yesterday and warned of severe actions if the institutes turned away any dengue patient.

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More than 1,800 dengue cases have been recorded in the city this year – the highest number since 2010, when more than 6,000 were reported. 1,000 extra beds have to be made available in state-run hospitals to treat dengue patients, the government has said.

There have been 11 deaths due to dengue in Delhi. After an emergency cabinet meeting, the Aam Aadmi Party government announced that its corruption helpline, 1031, would operate as a helpline for dengue.

Huge criticism surfaced after Aman Sharma aged 6 years and Avinash Rout aged 7, died after being turned away without proper treatment. After Avinash’s death, his parents committed suicide, provoking an outcry and jolting the government.