DG health asked for explanation over Regent deal

COVID-19 test permission for 5 private facilities suspended

Staff Correspondent | Published: 21:04, Jul 12,2020 | Updated: 00:59, Jul 13,2020


The health ministry on Sunday issued a show-cause letter to Directorate General of Health Services director general Abul Kalam Azad over the Regent Hospital scam.

In a letter signed by the ministry deputy secretary Sharmin Akter Jahan, the DG was asked to explain how the agreement with Regent Hospital was signed.

The ministry said that any agreement to treat and test COVID-19 patients could be signed with any hospital upon physical inspection of the hospital, after scrutinising its permission for running hospital and inspection of the equipment, manpower and lab facilities.

What were the aspects the DGHS considered before signing the agreement with Regent Hospital and also whether there has been any follow up on how the hospital was maintaining the agreement rules, said the letter.

It further asked the DG to explain what was meant by the declaration — ‘the agreement was signed upon directives from the high-ups of the health ministry’.

The DGHS in a statement on Saturday included the above explanatory line.

It also said that the DG of the DGHS did not know Regent Hospital chairman Md Sahed before the signing of the agreement.

In another development, the DGHS suspended permission of COVID-19 test to five private health facilities as they did not start the tests after getting permission amid several scams of forgery discovered by the Rapid Action Battalion in the health sector.

The facilities are Care Medical College Hospital, Shahabuddin Medical College Hospital, Stemz Health Care, Thyrocare Diagnostic and Epic Health Care.

DGHS additional director general Nasima Sultana in separate notices announced the suspension saying that the facilities could get approval after fulfilling the requirements of lab, RT-PCR machines and test kits.

The permission will be given only after physical inspections, she said

Rapid Action Battalion shut down Regent Hospital recently after they found that the hospital was issuing fake COVID-19 certificates, taking huge amount of money from COVID-19 patients.

The hospital also has not been renewing its licence since 2014.

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