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Reports on Tk 20cr food bills totally false: DMC director

Published 11:02 pm | July 01, 2020

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Online desk : Dhaka Medical College (DMC) Director Brigadier General AKM Nasir Uddin has termed ‘false, fabricated and intentional’ the reports of Tk 200 crore monthly food bills for the doctors, nurses and health worker involved in the COVID-19 patients’ treatment.

The DMC Director came up with the reaction in a press conference on Wednesday while giving an explanation to the journalists over the issue.

Following publication of reports over the exorbitant food bills, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina had ordered an investigation into the issue.

“Some 3,688 doctors, nurses and third and fourth class employees have been engaged in the treatment of coronavirus patients for last two months.As per the duty roaster, after their duty in a corona ward for one week, they had been in quarantine for three weeks in a residential hotel. As per the rule, they all had to stay in a hotel for one month,” he said.

“A demand note of Tk 26 crore was sent to the Health and Family Welfare Ministery including the expenditure of hotel rent, daily three meals and conveyance. The ministry allocated Tk 20 crore. But, different media in their reports mentioned the amount as only food bills, which is totally false, fabricated and intentional, the DMC Director added.

bdnews24.com adds : “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. “We’re government officials. It’s obvious that the authorities will take necessary action if we don’t work properly. But the person who insulted a great organisation like ours should be exposed as well.”

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