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Govt suspends operation of Praava Health

  • Staff Correspondent
  • 2nd August, 2021 10:59:42 PM
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Govt suspends operation of Praava Health

 

The government has suspended operation of private healthcare organisation Praava Health on charge of anomalies, especially providing incorrect Covid-19 test reports.

“We have found several types of anomalies including over-charging and subpar services. For this, we have decided to suspend their activities temporarily,” Dr Farid Hossain Miah, director of hospitals and clinics at the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS), said.

The DGHS came up with the action following allegation made by a number of victims including Mahfuz Shafique, son of former law minister Barrister Shafique Ahmed.

Apart from the temporary ban on operation, DGHS is set to hold further investigation into allegation against Praava Health and take any final decision.

Farid Hossain said Praava Health is allegedly involved in various irregularities, including providing faulty reports.

A probe committee found irregularities such as charging Tk150 extra for registration after realizing Tk 2,500 charge per Covid-19 test, donning and doffing of PPE in the same room which is hazardous, said a DGHS statement published on Monday.

Earlier, the Department of Health opened an investigation into allegations against Praava Health which provided false reports of Covid-19 tests, acting on an allegation made by Mahfuz Shafique, son of former law minister Barrister Shafique Ahmed.

As per the allegation, Mahfuz Shafique’s wife Farzana Rahman and two daughters Bayana Shafique and Jain Shafique gave samples to Praava Health for Covid-19 tests on July 7. They needed the test report for going to US on July 9.

On July 7 night, Farzana Rahman received an SMS showing her Covid positive. After a while, two daughters were shown to be positive for coronavirus in separate messages.

As Mahfuz Shafique challenged, Praava Health defended the report claiming their equipment brand new leaving no chance for mistakes.

On July 8, Mahfuz Shafique gave samples of 20 people, including his family, to the Institute of Epidemiology Disease Control and Research (IEDCR). On July 9, all test samples came out to be negative.