Committee formed to curb corruption in health sector in Balochistan
Chief Secretary Balochistan, Captain (R) Fazeel Asghar addressing a worksh0p regarding health sector

Committee formed to curb corruption in Balochistan health sector

Health Desk: 

Chief Secretary Balochistan, Captain (R) Fazeel Asghar has formed a committee to curb corruption in the health sector in order to improve health facilities in government-run hospitals in the province. CS Balochistan made this announcement during a workshop organized by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) regarding reforms in the health sector. The Director-General NAB, Farmanullah Khan also spoke on the occasion regarding the plight of government-run hospitals.

Audit, monitoring system failed in the health sector 

The audit and monitoring system has failed, the health department needs concrete steps to make the procurement process transparent. Secretary Finance, Noor ul Haq Baloch, Additional Secretary Health, Secretary Planning and Development, Vice-Chancellor Bolan University of Health and Medical Sciences, and others attended the workshop.

Appreciating the efforts of NAB on the occasion, Chief Secretary Balochistan Fazal Asghar said that urgent steps have to be taken to eradicate corruption from the very noble profession of the health sector. Giving directives for constituting a committee for the health sector, he said that the establishment of the committee would make it possible to eradicate corruption from the health department.

“Corruption in the sacred sector of health is tantamount to oppression,” he said

“Corruption in the sacred sector of health is tantamount to oppression,” he said. Stressing on the need for joint efforts, he said that better reforms could be brought about through an integrated strategy. DG NAB said that in cases where fake purchases are made in flagrant violation of BEPRA Rules in the Health Department, cases under the BEDA Act should be immediately referred to the NAB Anti-Corruption. Stressing the need for adopting a transparent system, he said that standard bidding documents need to be reviewed to prevent counterfeit purchases, Procurement contracts are awarded to smaller firms for corruption purposes. Manufacturing firms must be included.

Director General NAB Balochistan said that in the past there was a perception of corruption in the B&R department and customs department but now there are most complaints of corruption in the health and education department. “The system has collapsed due to the scourge of corruption,” he said adding that a common man is in trouble. Purchases are just on papers not on the ground.

Committee formed to curb corruption in Balochistan health sector

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