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Balkh: 17m afs extra charged in hospital items’ purchase

11 Nov 2020 - 12:18
11 Nov 2020 - 12:18

KABUL (Pajhwok): Fifty-one items have been purchased for the Balkh Hospital and a clinic by charging 17 million afghanis extra as compared to their normal rates, Pajhwok Afghan News has learnt reliably.

Among these items is a machine the normal price of which is 35,000 afs but it was purchased for 438,000 afs while with a huge difference an ambulance is purchased for 8.6 million afs and its normal price is 1.2 million afs.

These items were purchased last year in November and December by the Bam Dunya Logistic Company for Women and Children Addicts Hospital in Mazar-i-Sharif and for a clinic in Marmal district.

Pajhwok Afghan News received a list of the items purchased for hospitals at a very higher rate compared to their normal market price. Former Balkh Health Director Dr. Naseer Ahmad Durrani and the assigned delegation had signed in the list.

Of the 51 items, 47 were purchased for the Women Drug and Children Addicts Hospital and remaining 12 items for the clinic in Marmal district.

The number of total purchased items is 59, but Pajhwok was able to get the prices of only 51 items from the market and the rates of the remaining eight items could not found.

 

Purchase and market prices list of hospital equipment

Comparison

Market price

Purchase price

Item Description

NO

13

35000

438300

Electrograph machine

1

10

500

5000

Chairs for waiting room

2

7

850

6000

Clock

3

6

800

5000

Single person mattress

4

6

1767

10000

Electric sweeper machine

5

6

900

5000

Hanger 

6

5

1600

8000

Green Board

7

4

9000

40000

1.60 cm desk 

8

4

4500

20000

1.40 cm desk

9

4

4500

20000

Food appliances set

10

4

3400

15000

Single bed

11

4

2700

11300

Multimedia projector sheet

12

4

5500

20000

Clothes cupboard

13

3

4400

15000

Multimedia projector

14

3

30000

100000

Metallic chair for 3-persons

15

3

400000

1291000

100mil X-ray machine

16

3

2156000

6800000

Toyota ambulance

17

3

1600

5000

White Board

18

3

32350

100000

Air-condition 18,000 BTU

19

3

120000

360000

Electricity Shock Machine

20

3

1700

5000

Anti-fire cylinder

21

3

350

1000

Double locally made pillow

22

3

350

1000

Bed sheet

23

3

11200

30000

HP Printer 3 in one

24

3

1848000

4822000

Echography Machine

25

3

42500

110000

Laptop computer

26

3

8000

20000

Water displacer freezer

27

2

4200

10000

Woody cabinet for files 2/80cm

28

2

43000

100000

Desktop computer

29

2

2200

5000

Lather made chair

30

2

8800

20000

Clothes washing & drying machine

31

2

45000

100000

Conference desk 6cm

32

2

9200

20000

32-inches Sony TV

33

2

205000

440000

Micro Lab Machine

34

2

2800

6000

Single Chines aluminum chair

35

2

24500

50000

7-persons lather couch

36

2

2450

5000

Large dustbin

37

2

500

1000

Plastic chair with different colors

38

2

14000

28000

Section Machine

39

2

61600

120000

Photocopy machine

40

2

3150

6000

Two cabinets for medicines

41

2

577500

1100000

200ml Chines X-ray machine

42

2

45000

80000

Photography Machine

43

2

8500

15000

Gas and electric Turkish heater with 10kg cylinder

44

2

423500

700000

Anstizi Machine

45

1

3400

5000

3 slots Gas heater

46

1

3600

5000

5-litre electric water heater

47

1

11500

15000

1,200 KW UPS

48

1

4500

5000

Tea appliances

49

1

21000

20000

Grass cutter machine

50

1

4000

2000

Rechargeable light

51

 

Government purchased total

27,173,900

Market price total

10,100,836

Comparison

17,073,064

 

Pajhwok received price quotations from Wahidullah Furniture, D Com Computer Sales, Abdul QaharAzeemi Business Centre, National Stationary Sales, Aminullah Sales Centre, Anar Dargi Limited, AspaFarma, ZinanAbasin Limited and other medical companies.

Pajhwok reporter in northern Balkh province tried to contact officials in the Marmal District Hospital, but no contact could be established with them regarding the expensive purchase of equipment for the clinic.

Pajhwok also reached out to former Balkh Health Director Dr. Naseer Ahmad Durrani on November 1, and shared the matter of expensive purchase of hospital equipment.

He said recommendation for this project, agreement of the health ministry and approval of budget for the purchase of these items and all other related process had been completed before he took charge and he had only demanded payment for the company.

“This case has landed at the Public Health Ministry audit office as well, they conducted their inspection and found no contrast in the prices and quality of the equipment because the inspection and procurement officials checked these prices with the market prices of the time,” he said.

But incumbent Health Department Director Dr. Khalil Hikmati said contract for purchasing hospital equipment had already been inked before his appointment. However, he said, if there were doubts regarding the purchase of items, a third party should investigate alleged corruption.

“Companies are bound to pay tax to the government, therefore they are allowed to purchase an item at 25 percent higher rate but if this percentage is exceeded, than it is unfair,” he said.

Seven purchased items could not be delivered to the hospitals after the passage of one year

Women and Children Drug Addicts Hospital Director Dr. Esmatullah Karimi said seven items from the total 47 items had not been delivered to them so far.

“A conference desk, five single beds, five locally-made bed sheets, 210 square metres curtains and related materials, three gas cylinders, four food appliances and four teapots have not been transferred to the hospital,” he said.

He claimed items which had not been handed over were still in the warehouse of the health department and they often requested the ministry to deliver these items to the hospital.

Dr. Hikmati acknowledged these items were in the warehouse but no one had asked him to hand over these items to the drug hospital.

Who is the owner of Bam Dunya Logistic Company?

A source in the ministry of Commerce and Industry said that Toryali head of the Bam Dunya Logistic Company is the son of Sultan Mohammad and the company assistant Nangyali is the brother of Toryali. The License No. of the company is D41802.

According to Toryali, the above items are purchased according to the market price and there was no difference existed.

Referring to the purchase of ambulance, he said the vehicle is zero kilometer and was fully equipment with advance necessary machinery.

Pajhwok shared expensive purchase of medical equipment with the Ministry of Health eight days earlier, but the ministry did not respond.

According to a well-placed source in the ministry the matter was being investigated by the audit department of the ministry.

This report has been produced by Pajhwok and financially supported by UNDP.

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