Karachi: Expired medicines seized in raid on hospital
KARACHI: Officials of the Anti-Corruption Establishment (AEC), Sindh, raided the Lyari General Hospital on Saturday for allegedly causing losses to the national exchequer, and seized a large quantity of medicines, which also included expired ones.
According to Director ACE (Inquiries) Javed Ahmed Baloch, they had received information that some staffers of the hospital were involved in embezzlement vis-à-vis purchasing medicines and also using expired medicines.
Consequently, an investigation was initiated and a raid was conducted on the hospital on Saturday evening. During the raid, the store and administration office were searched and the staffers on duty were held. During the verification process, many medicines used for heart and other ailments were found expired and even the hospital staff had no record of the inventory.
The ACE officials seized many medicines which were found to be spurious or of low quality as well as their purchase record. The scrutiny of the record revealed that one rupee was the official price of a medicine, and when the hospital purchased it in a bulk quantity it cost Rs50 paisa, but in their tender record the staff had purchased it for Rs3.75, which was much higher.
Similarly, the rates of many other medicines were shown much higher in the hospital record. Javed Baloch said that they would complete the inquiry within two to three days, following which responsibility would be fixed and the elements found involved in this practice would be taken to task.