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12:01 AM, August 08, 2020 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:03 AM, August 08, 2020

Ministry permission for drives a challenge in unearthing health sector corruption

Says TIB Executive Director Iftekharuzzaman

Requiring health ministry's permission on each occasion to conduct drives at hospitals by law enforcers is a challenge in unearthing corruption in the country's health sector, Transparency International Bangladesh Executive Director Iftekharuzzaman has said.

In a video message, Iftekharuzzaman on Friday said an opportunity was created to make the health sector, public and private hospitals free of corruption by conducting anti-corruption drives.

However, the government decision is that permission from the ministry is required prior to each drive, he said.

The TIB chief said if permission is required, then a single directive could be issued for the law enforcement agencies that they have to conduct drives efficiently and without misuse of law.

Requiring permission each time also reflects that the private and public hospitals which had their stakes in the decision-making have no confidence to do their duties transparently and without corruption, he added.

"There is no reason to be afraid of the word 'drive' if I do my duty with honesty and accountability," he further added.

Such decisions also suggest that the health ministry does not have faith in law enforcement agencies and their duty to conduct drive without misusing power, said the TIB executive director.

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