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Medicine Mafia – Dr Mumtaz Shaikh chews up Rs17.407 m of Cancer medicines

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KARACHI: While investigating into the mega corruption scandal, the inquiry committee has held Dr Mumtaz Ali Shaikh, former Medical Superintendent of KVSS hospital and his associate responsible for financial corruption of over Rs 17.407 million in purchase of Cancer medicines.

According to details, the commissioner, SESSI/competent authority has constituted an enquiry committee vide Office Order No SS-MW/306 dated 20th September 2021 to check local purchase of medicines in SESSI hospitals and circles.

The inquiry committee comprised Dr Javed Akhter Ujjan, Deputy Chief Medical Officer as Chairman while Khalid Hussain, Deputy Director GP Fund Board and Nadeem Khalid, Account Officer, SITE Circle as Members of the committee.

The inquiry committee was mandated to inquire the matter and furnish their report within fifteen days positively along with recommendation; to check the local purchase (LP) of medicines in hospitals and circles; to check the purchasing of cancer medicine included quoted rates, purchasing rates and quality of medicines, name of supplier which provide cancer medicines and to check the bills F10, F13.

According to official documents available with Sindhnews, the committee paid visits of KVSS hospitals on November 25 and 26 for the verification of local purchase of medicines made by the hospital administration during the financial year 2020-21 and observed the following.

“It is revealed through the verification of accounting record that the hospital administration has made irrational local purchase of medicines from the local suppliers and number of ambiguities found in these purchases. The inquiry committee specially verified the local purchases of medicines made by the hospital despite the medicines already availabnle in the approved tender list 2020-2021 from authorized suppliers to procure in accordance with the SPRRA Rules as adopted by the SESSI head office for the proper procedure of medicines purchases”, the documents further revealed.

“It is revealed through the random checking of record that the number of articles of medicines already available and listed in approved tenders 2020-2021 whereas the KVSS hospital administration procured these medicines from the different local suppliers in the quite high rates which caused the loss of the institution’s fund. The total loss to the SESSI stood at Rs 17, 407, 741.

The inquiry committee recommended stern administrative action be initiated against Medical Superintendent, Deputy Medical Superintendent and audit officer posted in the financial year 2020-2021 at KVSS Hospital in accordance with the civil servant rules and directions of the Government of Sindh pre-circulated by the SESSI Head Office vide letter No SS-Admn/2019-1696 dated 25/4/2019. Sindhnews repeatedly tried to seek official version from Dr Mumtaz Ali Shaikh however he did not respond back till filing of the report.

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Sindh Food Authority plans massive crackdown against adulterated food items

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KARACHI: The Sindh Food Authority is all set to initiate massive crackdown against selling of tea mixed with chemical milk at chai hotels.

While taking note of the various complaints, the food authority officials launched large-scale inspection of milk and tea shops.

In the first phase, milk and tea leaf samples were collected from more than hundred shops across the city. These inspections have been conducted under the supervision of Director General Sindh Food Authority Agha Fakhar Hussain.

The samples obtained from the shops have been sent to the laboratory of Karachi University. These samples will be biologically tested to find out the facts.

Speaking on the occasion, Director General Sindh Food Authority Agha Fakhar Hussain said that Ramadan is approaching and we will ensure the sale of pure milk and tea free from adulteration in Ramadan. Sale of adulterated food items will not be allowed.

Strict action will be taken against those who sell adulterated food items as per law.

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Sindh Food Authority keeps vigil on sale/use of substandard tea: DG Agha Fakhar

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KARACHI: The Sindh Food Authority has initiated a robust campaign against the sale of substandard and adulterated tea by keeping an eye on both sellers and wholesalers.

In this regard, the officials of the authority led by Director General Agha Fakhar Hussain visited markets of tea sellers/whole-sellers. Stern action has been initiated against the whole-seller Julia Boserup.

While during the visit, shops were subjected to tests, and inspections were carried out. And, samples of all the tea varieties were also collected for further assessments from all the major wholesalers.

Speaking on the occasion, DG SFA Agha Fakhar Hussain said that the aim of such visits is to check quality of the food items so that consumers may get healthy food items.

He warned all those sellers and whole-sellers who are involved in selling sub-standard food items to avoid such practices otherwise a strict action would be taken against them according to SFA Act.

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Sindh Food Authority to launch Star Rating Program for eateries

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KARACHI: The Sindh Food Authority (SFA) is all set to launch the Star Rating Program in accordance with international standards for eateries operating in the province to ensure that hygienic and healthy food is served to the people of the province.

The star-rating program would be based on the food safety and hygiene of the hotels and restaurants. With the help of the star-rating program, the citizens will be enjoying safe, hygienic and healthy dining experiences and make proper decisions about choosing the right restaurant.

In the beginning, 250 restaurants in all over the Sindh will sign up for the star-based rating system.

Chief Minister Sindh Justice (Rtd.) Maqbool Baqar envisioned the food industry in Sindh to conform safe healthy and hygienic food up to the international standards. This pilot project is part of the vision of the caretaker chief minister, says Director General Sindh Food Authority Agha Fakhar Hussain.

Agha Fakhar says that this system will help determine the standards of the restaurants, adding that it will instill competition among restaurants for better food quality and other services.

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