ACC prosecutes 7 over fake N-95 masks

The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) on Tuesday filed a case against seven people for allegedly accepting and distributing fake N-95 masks, putting health workers at risk.


ACC Deputy Director Nurul Huda filed the case at the commission’s integrated district office, Dhaka-01.


ACC has arrested Md Abdur Razzak, chairman of JMI Hospital Requisite Manufacturing Ltd, over allegations of corruption in supplying N-95 masks to some government hospitals.


Confirming that matter, ACC Public Relations Officer Pranab Kumar Bhattacharya said on Tuesday that a team of ACC arrested him from Segunbagicha area.


On July 8, the ACC interrogated two businessmen including Razzak over alleged graft in supplying poor quality mask and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).


A team led by Mir Mohammad Zainul Abedin Sebly, ACC director and head of the enquiry team, interrogated them from 10am to 4pm at its Segunbagicha office.


On July 1, ACC summoned five businessmen for interrogation over graft allegation.


On April 24, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare formed a committee to investigate the allegations of providing low-quality products including N-95 masks to some government hospitals.


Physicians of some government hospitals, including Mugda General Hospital, complained of receiving low-quality masks.


Those accused in the ACC case are – Supervisor of Cox’s Bazar General Hospital (former Deputy Director of Central Medical Stores Depot) Assistant Director of CMSD Dr Shahjahan Sarkar, (former assistant director of storage and distribution division), former chief co-ordinator and desk officer (monitoring desk) Dr Mohammad Ziaul Haque (now attached to the health ministry), medical officer of Dwanganj Upazilla health complex (former desk officer) Dr Sabbir Ahmed (Desk-8) and additional responsibility in CMSD store department), Store Officer (acting) Kabir Ahmed, senior store keeper of CMSD Mohammad Yusuf Fakir, Md Abdur Razzak, chairman of JMI Hospital Requisite Manufacturing Ltd.


Source: United News of Bangladesh