CIAA smells corruption in medicine distribution

The Commission for the Investigation of Abuse of Authority (CIAA) has filed a corruption case against Lakhan Lal Sah, former Director General at the Department of Health Services along with 11 others alleging them of embezzlement in free medicines meant for new mothers, who have just delivered.

According to a CIAA statement, the case has been lodged at the Kathmandu Special Court that is particularly set up to look into corruption cases.

In its charge-sheet, the CIAA has said that there were irregularities in the supply of a medicine “Misoprostol 200 mcg” which is used to control excessive bleeding in new mothers.

“The medicine supplied was low in quality and in a global tender, its estimated price was quoted far higher than the real market price,” said the CIAA.

The other officials indicted in the case include Mingmar Gyaljen Sherpa, Taranath Pokhrel, Naresh Pratap KC, Krishna Bahadur Chand, Pawan Koirala, Ram Sundar Yadav and Hemlal Gyawali.

Likewise, suppliers of Atlas Medicine Concern Sanjay Gupta, Bidya Subedi and Nirjana Sah have also been charged along with Aditya Bhatiya, director of the medicine producing pharma – Laboratory Pharmaceutical Company.

The CIAA has demanded reimbursement of Rs 63.5 million in total from these 12 alleged and a maximum punishment against them as per Nepal’s Corruption Elimination Act 2059 B.S.

Source: Nepalnews