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ACC brings drug theft racket at CMCH to surface

  • Finds irregularities in distribution of free medicines 
  • Free medicines on market for sale
Update : 11 Jan 2024, 09:36 PM

The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) has uncovered evidence of drug theft at Chittagong Medical College Hospital (CMCH) by exposing irregularities in the distribution of free medicines to the patients.

An operation led by Assistant Director of ACC Chittagong district office-1 Enamul Haque on Thursday afternoon exposed this racket. 

Being tipped off through the Hotline number (106), the ACC officials conducted this operation. 

The ACC team said that they had found proof that medicines were taken from the store even if the medicines were not prescribed to the patients. 

Later, two nurses — Minti Barua and Fatema Khatun were interrogated during the raid in the presence of CMCH Senior Store Officer Dr Muhammad Humayun Kabir.

ACC Assistant Director Enamul Haque said: “The patients undergoing treatment at the hospital were not given the necessary medication because the allocated medications were being sold elsewhere. We have gathered evidence of these irregularities, which will be thoroughly investigated. A detailed report will be sent to the ACC headquarters.”

“Instead of giving medications to patients in need, hospital staff members who were involved in medication theft were selling them outside the hospital,” he added. 

CMCH Director Brigadier General Md Shamim Ahsan said that legal action would be taken against those involved in the theft of free medicines.

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