The government has removed all tariffs on import of dengue test kits and reagents to ease the diagnosis and treatment of dengue fever amid a massive outbreak of the fever across Bangladesh.
“All duty, value added tax, advance tax and income tax on import of dengue test kits, reagents and blood platelet plasma test kits have been removed,” the National Board of Revenue (NBR) said in a statutory regulatory order (SRO) on Monday, report bdnews24.com and BSS.
The government order will remain effective until October 31.
The SRO was issued at a time when a lack of kits for diagnosis of dengue fever hit the markets with some hospitals in Dhaka turning suspected patients away without testing them.
Sultan Mohammad Iqbal, Member of NBR, said the decision was taken to increase the government’s support to ensure medical care to people at low cost.
“The tax-free offer will only be applicable for importing the test kits on the basis of the approval of the Directorate General of Drug Administration (DGDA),” he added.
Iqbal said DGDA will also monitor the quality of the kits being imported into the country regularly.