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Private hospitals 'cash in' on swine flu fear

Noida: Private hospitals of the city are taking full advantage of Swine flu fear among people. The hospitals are charging each patient around Rs 6000 for a diagnosis tests.Surprisingly, some patients whose tests were reported

India TV News Desk India TV News Desk Updated on: February 06, 2015 19:45 IST
private hospitals cash in on swine flu fear
private hospitals cash in on swine flu fear

Noida: Private hospitals of the city are taking full advantage of Swine flu fear among people. The hospitals are charging each patient around Rs 6000 for a diagnosis tests.

Surprisingly, some patients whose tests were reported positive by the private labs, were found negative in NCDC (National Centre for Disease Control) Delhi.

The samples of all Dengue and Swine Flu patients from Delhi-NCR are sent to NDMC for confirmation. NCDC's test reports are considered most accurate. District Health Department sends test reports of the patients found positive in Private labs for further verification in NCDC.

Upper Chief Health Officer Dr. Subhash Gupta said, “Till now, NCDC has received 28 reports for verification, in which 16 were found negative and the rest 12 were positive. These reports came from district hospitals, private hospitals and private labs. There is no facility available for verification of swine flu in District.”

He further added, “People should not confuse normal cold and cough with Swine Flu. If they are still wary of their ailment then they can submit their saliva's sample to the District hospitals which will send them to NCDC for further verification.

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