Four private clinics in the capital have been asked to suspend Covid-19 laboratory tests in response to allegations that the clinics are providing fake corona negative certificates to the people seeking jobs aboard.
In this regard, letters signed by Director (Hospital and Clinic) of Directorate General of Health Service (DGHS) Dr Md Farid Hossain Miah were sent to the managing directors of the clinics on Wednesday.
The clinics are Medinova Medical Services at Mirpur, Al-Jami Diagnostic Centre at Purana Paltan, Stemz Health Care (BD) Ltd at Banglamotor and CSBF Health Centre at Bijoy Sarani.
According to the letters, the DGHS primarily found a set of irregularities in the clinics. Providing fake Covid-19 negative certificates to fortune seekers, taking extra charges and appointing brokers in the name of sample collection booths are among the irregularities.
The misdeeds are unexpected and a threat for the public health. It is also tarnishing the country’s image abroad. “So, the managing directors are hereby directed to stop sample collection and test of the Covid-19 until further directive,” said the letters.
The DGHS also directed all the authorised hospitals and clinics across the country to follow a set of directives.
The three directives include: Sample for Covid-19 tests for fortune seekers cannot be collected at booths outside of the main buildings of the authorised hospitals and clinics; samples from fortune seekers for the coronavirus tests cannot be collected from their residences at any condition; sample collection forms of the fortune seekers must be filled with their passport numbers by checking main passports and photocopies of the passports are not acceptable on no account.