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B’desh Health Scam-ACC Summons Former DGHS DG Azad

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Bangladesh Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) has summoned former director general (DG) of the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS), Abul Kalam Azad to ACC head office for questioning on a huge healthcare  scam.

The letters, signed by ACC director Mir Mohammad Zainul Abedin Shibli and Sheikh Mohammad Fanafilla, asks Abul Kalam Azad to be available at ACC’s head office on 12 and 13 August for the investigation about the corruption and irregularities .

Meanwhile, in a letter to the home ministry on Wednesday, the Health Services Division cited a “rumbling of discontent” among the organisations providing health care services because different agencies are used to conduct drives on a single hospital.

The letter asked the home ministry to coordinate with the Health Services Division or the Medical Education and Family Welfare Division if such a drive is deemed urgent.

It noted that the Health Services Division has formed a task force to monitor the activities of the government and private hospitals with a joint secretary-level officer from the home ministry’s Public Security Division as a member.

Health Minister of B’desh Zahid Maleque discussed the issue with Home Minister of B’desh Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal, according to the letter.

The Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) of B’desh arrested Mohammad Shahed, the owner of Regent Hospital , after raids on its two branches last month revealed a massive fake COVID-19 test report scam.

Later, the RAB shut down Shahabuddin hospital in Gulshan of the Capital and arrested an official for allegedly conducting unauthorised COVID-19 tests.

Earlier in June, the police unearthed a similar scam at JKG Health Care that led to the arrests of its CEO Ariful Chaudhury and his wife doctor Sabrina A Chaudhury.

The letter signed by ACC director Mir Mohammad Zainul Abedin Shibli said the health and family welfare ministry, the health department and the Central Medical Store Depot (CMSD) officials and employees were involved in various irregularities, corruption and abuse of power in various hospitals, including the purchase of substandard masks, personal protective equipment (PPE) and other health equipment.

That is why the ACC of B’desh wants to interrogate him for his statement for proper investigation, confirmed  the secretary of ACC to IANS on Thursday evening.

On the other hand, in another letter signed by Sheikh Mohammad Fanafilla, it is said that Azad has to remain present at ACC’s head office on 13 August as ACC will interrogate him about Regent Hospital’s fake COVID-19 test scam and huge money embezzlement to this end.

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