Deal with Regent signed at the Health Ministry's order, claims DGHS
Published : Saturday, 11 July, 2020 at 10:49 PM Count : 250
The Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) has claimed that it concluded an agreement with Regent Hospital at the directive of the higher authorities of Ministry of Health.
In a press release, sent to media on Saturday, the DGHS claimed that Regent Hospital expressed the willingness to sign an agreement as a 'Covid dedicated hospital' in the month of March when none of the hospitals wanted to admit coronavirus infected patients.
At that time, the DGHS signed an agreement with Regent Hospital at the directive of the higher authorities of the Ministry of Health. "Before the agreement, DGHS Director General Professor Dr Abul Kalam Azad was not acquainted with the Regent Hospital chairman Md Shahed Karim," the press release said,
Signed by DGHS assistant director Dr Md Jahangir Kabir, the press release said the news about cheating of Regent Hospital owner Sahed Karim has been revealed, but the DGHS was not aware of him from earlier. At the directive of the ministry, initiative was taken to sign a memorandum of understanding (MoU) for admission of coronavirus infected patients. Earlier, both the clinics (Regent Hospitals) were visited and proper environment of treatment was found. But, their licenses were not renewed. However, a MoU was signed with Regent on March 21 last imposing a condition of renewal of licences.
The press release says that Shahed Karim came to the DGHS several times following the signing of the agreement. Shahed used to mention that he had close connections with 'powerful people' and the relatives of which 'powerful people' were undergoing treatment at his hospital.
"But, they (DGHS) were receiving complaints about Regent from intelligence and other sources," the press release said. "On the basis of the complaints, the Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) launched an operation into Regent Hospital on July 6 last in presence of the DGHS representative."
In the same press release, the DGHS also explained its position about the fraudulent practices of Jobeda Khatun Health Care Group (JKG). It said chief coordinator of the JKG Ariful Chowdhury is the proprietor of Oval Group Ltd, another event managenet company. Oval Group worked for the event management of Health Service Week 2018 under the supervision of the Ministry of Health. After the emergence of Covid-19 crisis, Ariful Chowdhury came to the DGHS and said the JKG wanted to set up some booths on Dhaka following the South Korean model.
"Since there was experience of working with Oval Group from earlier, the Health Ministry and the DGHS felt that they might be accorded permission. But, when the complaints of fraudulent practices were received, the DGHS cancelled its agreement with the JKG Group," the press release said.