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ACC finds 11 areas of corruption in health sector

  • Published at 09:02 pm January 31st, 2019
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ACC Commissioner Dr Mozammel Haque Khan handed over a report to Health and Family Welfare Minister Zahid Maleque regarding corruption in the Directorate General of Health Services on Thursday

The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) after a long inquiry into the health sector identified 11 areas of corruption and prepared a set of 25 recommendations to stop them.

ACC Commissioner Dr Mozammel Haque Khan handed over a report to Health and Family Welfare Minister Zahid Maleque regarding corruption in the Directorate General of Health Services on Thursday, reports BSS.

The ACC has come up with 25 recommendations to stop the corruption such as showing citizen charter, inclusion of members from specialized organization in receiving health accessories, following e-government procurement  (EGP) tender process regarding purchase, conduct inquiry for giving approval of setting up diagnostic centres and private hospitals, formulating policy for recruitment, making compulsory to write generic number instead of medicine name in the prescription, and increasing internship period to two years from one.

“We will scrutinize the report as irregularities in the health sector have been mentioned in it. The government is committed to establishing the rule of law in every sector of society and it will be impossible to do so if corruptions are taken place,” the minister said.

“Corruption will not be tolerated anymore as getting healthcare services are fundamental rights of the people,” he cautioned.

In the report prepared by one of the 25 institutional teams entrusted with the task of finding out the reasons of corruption in the health sector and ways out to stop it.

Talking to newsmen the ACC commissioner said: “A congenial atmosphere will be created in stopping corruption if action is taken in line with the report. In case of fighting corruption, prevention is better than cure.”

Referring to the “zero tolerance policy” against corruption taken by the government and the ACC as well, he said: “None will be spared in case of committing corruption.”

In replying to a query, he said: “ACC has found 11 areas of corruption that included recruitment, promotion, transfer, posting, providing healthcare services, and medicines supply.”