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Ca Mau CDC director detained for alleged test kit bidding irregularities

The Saigon Times

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HCMC – The police of Ca Mau Province have arrested Dang Hai Dang, director of the provincial Center for Disease Control (CDC), and filed criminal proceedings against him for allegedly violating bidding regulations of Covid test kits.

Le Ngoc Dinh, head of the provincial Health Department’s planning and finance division, and Ho Quang Nhu, deputy head of the planning and professional division at the Ca Mau CDC, were also charged with their involvement in the case, the local media reported.

The arrest resulted from a probe launched on April 18 into the provincial Health Department and the CDC over bidding irregularities.

The provincial investigators concluded that the Ca Mau Health Department spent over VND37 billion buying the three packages of Covid test kits and medical equipment from Viet A Technology Corporation. Meanwhile, the CDC bought Viet A three packages worth VND6 billion. However, the actual value of these equipment and test kits was lower, causing the wastefulness of the State budget.

In another development, the Inspection Commission of the Khanh Hoa Province Party Committee has imposed disciplinary measures on the provincial CDC’s Party Committee.

The commission also issued warnings against Luong Thi Trong, deputy head of the pharmacy-medical equipment department at the CDC, and Mai Thi Minh Truyen, deputy head of the finance and accountant division.

Ton That Toan, deputy head of the CDC, and Truong Thi Lan Anh, head of the testing division, were reprimanded.

According to the commission, the leaders of the provincial CDC violated working rules, and showed a lack of responsibility and slack leadership and poor supervision. They let the CDC violate the regulations on the procurement and use of medical equipment, causing severe consequences and wastefulness.

On June 17, Huynh Van Dong, director of the CDC, and Tran Quoc Huy, head of the center’s Administrative Office, were charged with allegedly violating bidding regulations while procuring Covid test kits from Viet A Technology Corporation.

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