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Ben Tre CDC director disciplined over test kit procurement irregularities

The Saigon Times

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HCMC – Nguyen Huu Dinh, director of the Ben Tre Province Center for Disease Control (CDC), got a disciplinary warning for his shortcomings in procuring Covid test kits, causing losses of nearly VND3.5 billion to the State budget.

The Inspection Commission of the provincial Party Committee also issued disciplinary warnings against four other officials at Ben Tre CDC.

They comprise Ben Tre CDC deputy director Pham Hong Thai; Nguyen Ai Kien, deputy head of the Administration Office; Tran Hung Nam, head of the division of infectious diseases prevention and control; and Tran Thi Dan, head of the pharmacy and medical supplies division.

During the fourth coronavirus wave last year, Ben Tre CDC purchased medical supplies from the 3T Medical Equipment and Supplies Company.

However, the provincial Inspectorate later concluded that Ben Tre CDC opted to procure medical supplies from a company that was ineligible to trade in medical equipment and supplies.

As a result, Ben Tre CDC’s selection of the contractor for the medical supplies procurement caused losses of nearly VND3.5 billion to the State budget.

Earlier, Ngo Van Tan, director of the provincial Department of Health, said that he had asked the Ben Tre CDC director to work with those involved in the shortcomings in the procurement of anti-Covid medical supplies.

The CDC director had also turned in nearly VND3.5 billion to the authority.

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