Directorate General of Health Services director for hospitals and clinics Aminul Hasan has been made officer on special duty on Thursday, amid widespread criticism for corruption in health sector.
Health ministry in a notification issued the order of his OSD, which is regarded as a punishment, after the DGHS director general Abul Kalam Azad submitted his resignation on Tuesday.
DGHS deputy director and Mycobacterial Disease Control programme manager Farid Hossain Miah has been appointed as the director (current charge) for hospitals and clinics.
The order came on the backs the health sector facing widespread criticism over massive irregularities, exposed one after another during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
The health ministry and the DHGS were blaming each other recently as the law enforcement agencies uncovered COVID-19 test certificate forgeries at several private hospitals under the nose of the health administration.
Several scams involving the health sector were also exposed of late, including N95 mask scams, controversial deals with Regent Hospital and JKG Health Care, which were accused of faking and selling COVID-19 certificates and running the facilities without licence, and illegal antibody tests at Shahabuddin Medical College Hospital, which had also been running with a date-expired licence.
Health minister Zahid Maleque on Wednesday said that the DGHS wings, which faced criticism during the ongoing COVID-19 crisis, would be inspected and stern action would be taken against the officials involved in the irregularities.
The minister made the comment replying to a query if the director for hospital wing Aminul Hasan would be removed from his post amid criticism over his role during the crisis.
New DG of the DGHS has not been appointed yet.
Zahid said that the process of appointing a new DG would be taken after the public administration ministry processed the file of Azad’s resignation and sent to it to the health ministry.
The minister said that the formation of a ‘strong taskforce’ to monitor irregularities in the health sector was on the process.
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