Medical technologist embezzles Tk2.5 cr from Covid-19 test fees
Published : Monday, 27 September, 2021 at 11:02 PM Count : 447
Medical technologist (Lab) of Khulna Sadar Hospital Prakash Kumar Das has embezzled Tk 2.5 crore from coronavirus test fees.
An investigation report of the Civil Surgeon unveiled this information.
After a long delay in depositing such a large amount of money in the government’s revenue sector, Prakash finally went into hiding. The district civil surgeon is preparing a case in this regard with Khulna Sadar Police Station.
Coronavirus test started from July 2 last year at Sadar Hospital. Initially, common people were charged Tk 300 to 500 while Tk 3,000 to 4,500 for expatriates.
Medical Technologist Prakash Kumar was given the responsibilities to collect the fees for these tests and depositing it to the Civil Surgeon’s office through invoice. According to that, Prakash was depositing money for Covid test through invoice every day. But the incompatibility of the tests with the deposit of money raised doubts in the office of the Civil Surgeon.
Praksha declined to give the details account of money when outgoing civil surgeon Dr Sujat Ahmed sought it from him. Newly joined civil surgeon Dr Niaz Mohammad was also asking for the details account from the technologist but he ignored it.
After sending about 5 to 6 letters, on July 26, he replied and sought one month to give an account. But not agreeing to this, the civil surgeon asked him to give an account within 15 days. But he begins to delay regarding this matter.
At one stage, the Civil Surgeon formed a five-member investigation committee. At the end of the investigation, it was Tk 2.5 core embezzled.
When Prakash was asked to pay the money quickly, he agreed to pay and demanded time to pay the money.
Dr Niaz Mohammad said Prakash was served a show cause notice on September 20.
“Later, on September 23, Prakash started re-checking the accounts with the employees of his office. Around noon, Prakash told his colleagues that one of his relative had died. Saying this, he left the office.”