This daily yesterday brought to light massive financial irregularities in the procurement process of Mugda Medical College Hospital (MMCH). The shocking report, quoting an audit report conducted by the Directorate of Health and Family Welfare Audit for 2019-20 financial year, revealed that the hospital authorities not only purchased goods at a price much higher than the actual one, but also paid bills without getting any goods, at all. The MMCH, in violation of the Public Procurement Rules (PPRs) 2008, floated tenders worth several hundred millions of taka without any budgetary allocation. It also issued work orders to selected suppliers to the tune of several hundred millions of taka. The gross anomalies in the procurement system have raised the amount of government debt to a great extent. Such wastage or plundering of public money by a public hospital is simply unpardonable.
The extent of irregularities that occurred in Mugda hospital speaks well about the happenings in other government hospitals. However, it is crystal clear by reading the daily sun story that there is no monitoring mechanism in these hospitals regarding expenditures. It is the responsibility of the hospital authorities to ensure that a supervising mechanism is in force for strict monitoring of the procurement procedures and activities in the healthcare complex.As the government maintains a policy of zero tolerance to corruption, we believe that the authorities concerned would take action against those responsible for the misdeeds after a thorough investigation into the incident. As hospitals represent an integral and essential part of any functioning health system, it is of utmost importance to reduce all types of wasteful expenditures in hospitals on a priority basis.
There are plenty of evidence confirming that access to effective healthcare is a major problem in our country. As to why, hundreds of patients regularly embrace a premature end of life. So, misappropriation of funds must be stopped at all public healthcare facilities and other government bodies.