By: Nandika Chand | Last Updated July 11, 2020
With the world caught in the ongoing pandemic’s whirlpool, Bangalesh has found itself in a health scandal, whereby over a dozen healthcare workers have been arrested for selling fake COVID-19 negative certificates.
Regent Hospital in Dhaka is in the limelight after a Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) conducted a raid on Monday. The Bangladeshi government had chosen this private hospital to treat COVID-19 patients. Lt. Col. Ashik Billah, spokesman of the elite anti-crime unit of the Bangladeshi police said the hospital collected over 10,000 samples but tested only 4,200 at various government health facilities. He said the hospital issued COVID-19 reports for all.
Billah revealed that the fake COVID-19 reports were prepared at a computer lab near the hospital. He also said Regent Hospital’s registration had expired in 2014 and it was being run illegally. “Moreover, they were charging at least $45 for a coronavirus test and also charged huge amounts of money for treatment although it was supposed to be free as per the agreement with the government,” Billah said.
As such the hospital’s operations was suspended by the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS). Dr Nasima Sultana additional director general of DGHS said after the first COVID-19 case was detected in the country, the government urged private hospitals to treat coronavirus patients. “We didn’t get much response at the beginning but Regent authorities approached us and we signed the an agreement with them,” she said.
Nine people have been arrested in regards to the scandal. However, the hospital’s managing director and owner remain at large.