Committee formed to address supply of low-quality masks to govt hospitals
12:41 PM, April 21, 2020 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:51 PM, April 21, 2020

Committee formed to address supply of low-quality masks to govt hospitals

The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has formed a committee to investigate allegations of low-quality products including N-95 masks being supplied to some government hospitals.

Mask supplier CMSD was show-caused by the committee in this regard.

After reviewing the allegation and the supplier's response, the ministry formed a three-member investigation committee, a Health Ministry press release said.

 The committee, formed on Sunday with Directorate General of Health Services Additional Secretary MdSaidur Rahman as its chief, was asked to submit its report within three working days.

Earlier, physicians of some government hospitals, including Mugda General Hospital, complained of receiving low-quality masks.

Bangladesh Doctors' Foundation (BDF), a forum of physicians, yesterday said around 170 doctors -- both at public and private hospitals -- have been infected with coronavirus while treating patients.

"Personal protective equipment (PPE), quality gown, mask, gloves, and goggles are mandatory for doctors' safety while treating Covid-19 patients," said Nirupam Das, chief administrator of the foundation.

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