The government will procure three crore syringes for COVID-19 vaccination from JMI Syringes and Medical Devices, a sister concern of JMI Hospital Requisite Manufacturing which has been accused of supplying fake N95 masks to the government.
JMI Syringes has been asked to supply 66 lakh syringes to the government by 31 January in the first phase.
The information was revealed in an order issued by Shamsul Haque, director of Expanded Programme of Immunisation.
According to the agreement, the JMI will supply three crore syringes in five instalments by June 20.
The government will spend Tk 17.82 crore in total as the price of each syringe has been set at Tk 5.40.
Shamsul told New Age that the JMI was given the supply order following procurement rules. ‘The Prime Minister’s Office has overseen the supply order,’ he said.
The Anti-corruption Commission in October 2020 filed a case against seven people, including JMI Hospital Requisite Manufacturing chairman Abdur Razzaq, on charges of embezzling money by supplying fake N95 masks to government hospitals.
It said that many physicians, nurses and other medical service providers’ lives were put at risk because of such substandard N95 masks.
Razzaq is the managing director of JMI Syringes and Medical Devices. The ACC on September 29 arrested Razzaq at Segunbagicha in Dhaka. He has recently been released on bail.
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