Staff Correspondent ;
Dhaka – The Rapid Action Battalion have detained two officials of private Shahabuddin Medical College Hospital for allegedly conducting Covid-19 test using unapproved rapid test kits at the health facility in the capital Dhaka, officials said.
The hospital was also accused of forging Covid-19 reports and getting patients admitted on fake reports, said Lieutenant Colonel Ashique Billah, the battalion spokesman on Sunday.
Billah, the battalion’s Legal and Media Wing director, said a mobile court led by magistrate Sarwoer Alam conducted the drive based on information that the hospital was conducting Covid-19 tests through rapid kits that was not approved.
Two staff members were detained at the scene, he added.
The drive came at a time when faking of Covid-19 test reports by Regent Hospital and JKG Health Care were talks of the town and the executives of those health facilities were arrested on charge of cheating.
On July 7, the government sealed off the Regent Hospital. The RAB arrested its owner, Mohammad Shahed alias Shahed Karim, a week after from the south-western district of Satkhira when he was trying to secretly slip into India in guise.
Shahabuddin Hospital authorities started Covid-19 tests with the kits that the government’s health authorities have never authorities in Bangladesh. The hospital started the tests in April and.
It is alleged that the hospital got its patients admitted showing they are positive for novel coronavirus. In fact, they did it without conducting any test, said a battalion officer.
The government earlier revoked the hospital’s permission along with four other health facilities to conduct Covid-19 tests since they lack any RT-PCR labs.