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Two Lam Dong CDC officials detained in Viet A test kit case

The Saigon Times

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HCMC – The police of Lam Dong Province have arrested two officials of the provincial Center for Disease Control (CDC) for their alleged irregularities in the procurement of Covid test kits from Viet A Technology Corporation.

Pham Xuan Dat and Nguyen Thi Hoa, both at the medical testing laboratory department of the center, were put under police custody today, August 26, for alleged asset misappropriation, the local media reported.

Apart from inflating the prices of Covid test kits, they also declared group testing samples as single ones and then sold the surplus test kits for private gains.

The two misappropriated some VND600 million in the Viet A test kit case from June to November last year.

The results of a probe into the Viet A test kit case released by Lam Dong investigators in June this year showed Viet A Corporation won 16 bidding packages of test kits and medical equipment worth over VND41.6 billion.

Among them, the Lam Dong CDC bought seven packages worth VND16.6 billion, while the Lam Dong General Hospital procured two packages worth VND4.1 billion, but paid some VND2.6 billion.

The remaining seven packages worth VND13.1 billion were bought by Lam Dong II Hospital, but the hospital has paid only VND6.3 billion.

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