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Kalam, Nasima questioned by DB in JKG Health Care affairs

Published 10:39 pm | July 22, 2020

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Online Desk ; The Detective Branch of Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) has questioned newly resigned DGHS Director-General Professor Dr Abul Kalam Azad and Additional Director-General Professor Dr Nasima Sultana in connection with giving approval of coronavirus test to JKG Health Care.
The DB sources said a team of the detectives led by DB’s deputy police commissioner Golam Mostofa Russel went to the DGHS at about 4:00pm on Wednesday where they questioned two top officials of the DGHS for over an hour.

The DB sources said they found some irregularities in the process of approval of coronavirus tests to the JKG Health Care.

Besides, they received some information after the arrest of six JKG Health Care officials including the CEO Ariful Chowdhury and his wife Dr Sabrina Arif.

Two top officials of the DGHS were questioned in this regard.

DB’s Joint Commissioner Mahbub Alam told reporters that they sought some documents from the DGHS related to giving approval of coronavirus tests to the JKG Health Care. Later, the DB went to the DGHS after they were called in. After collecting necessary information, the two officials were questioned.

During the police investigation about the JKG Health Care, it was revealed that the JKG Health Care gave coronavirus test reports to 27,000 patients. Of them, samples for coronavirus tests of 11,540 patients were examined through the IEDCR, while the reports of rest 15,460 patients were made on the JKG Health Care’s laptops. The evidence was found in the laptops seized from the JKG Health Care office.

Arif Chowdhury also told police that seven to eight staff of the JKG Health Care were involved in making fake reports.

It is learnt that the JKG Health Care’s staff used to visit the residences of people who phoned on their hotline numbers for collecting samples. Foreigners were used to charged 100 US dollars or Tk 8,500, while the Bangladeshi nationals needed to pay the maximum Tk 5,000 per person though the JKG Health Care was supposed to collect samples at free of cost as a charitable organisation on the basis of the approval of the Ministry of Health.

Following the incidents, the DGHS cancelled the JKG Health Care’s approval of collecting samples on June 24.

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