Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH) director Brig Gen AKM Nasir Uddin has said the reports of Tk 200 million in monthly food bills for the doctors, nurses and other health workers engaged in the treatment of coronavirus patients are false and baseless.
The DMCH director told this to journalists on Wednesday in a press briefing. Following huge criticism in social media over the news the DMCH authorities offered an explanation to journalists through a media briefing.“There is no doubt that it is false propaganda. The money is spent to pay for the hotel bills.
We are spending Tk 500 daily for food per person. We mentioned it while getting approval from the ministry,” DMCH director said.
At least 150 doctors, 250 nurses and more than 100 other medical workers contracted the coronavirus as of now. They are quarantined in hotels in line with the health protocols, he said.
The DMCH asked the hotels to limit food bills to Tk 500 per day per person, the director added.
“Hotel rents range from Tk 500 to Tk 5,000, which accounts for most of the expenditure.
Besides the rent and food bills, we need to pay for their commute. We have 15 minibuses, two microbuses and two buses for them to commute three times a day,” he said.They estimated a budget of Tk 200 million for two months after the government asked for an estimate, said Nasir Uddin.
“We are running the railway hospital and placed a budget of Tk 10 million for that.”
“You always seek a little extra while planning a budget. Even then we’ll look into the matter of exorbitant food bills. We’ll pay the hotels accordingly and deposit the unused funds to the national treasury. It’s a normal process.”
“One person delivers a statement and the entire country keeps on commenting on it. I was astonished to see it. Is it okay for the entire country to run after false propaganda?”
DMCH will provide all proof, Nasir Uddin said.
Meanwhile, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina ordered an investigation into the issue of excessive food bills for the DMCH staff.