Karachi—National Accountability Bureau (NAB) Karachi in collaboration with Dow University of Health Sciences (DUHS) organized a seminar on the topic of “Controlling Corruption in Health Sector”. Director General, NAB-Karachi, Lt. Col. (R) Siraj ul Naeem, was the chief guest on the occasion, said a statement on Tuesday.
In his address to the students, faculty and management of DUHS, the chief guest explained corruption as abuse of public office for private gains and a behavior on the part of public office holders in the public and private sectors whereby they improperly and unlawfully enrich themselves or those close to them, or induce others to do so, by misusing the position they occupy.
Simply, corruption is the misuse of entrusted power for private benefit, he added. Lt. Col. (R) Siraj pointed out that in Pakistan less than one percent of the citizens file tax returns. He also highlighted the preventive measures NAB is taking to reduce corruption in Health Sector.
He was of the view that there is rampant corruption in procurement and tendering process and serious defects in Supply Chain of procured medicines. He maintained that small hospitals do not maintain proper record i.e. CNIC/Thumb Impression of the recipient of medicine. ‘Government physician have financial stakes in pharmaceutical or medical supplies companies causing conflict of interest’.
Mushroom growth of medical colleges, issues pertaining to quackery, non-availability of district dental officer, unnecessary hospitalization and inefficiency of Drug Regulatory Authority were also discussed amidst other issues.
DG NAB said that in line with the directions of Chaudhry Qamar Zaman, Chairman NAB, and his zero tolerance policy against corruption, NAB Karachi has intensified its awareness, prevention and enforcement efforts. He said that the Bureau has conducted a study on health department to prevent corruption and corrupt practices.
While sharing the performance of NAB with the audience, he asserted that the Bureau is keen to minimize corruption with more effective measures. He also visited Total Lab Automation (TLA), Dow Institute of Radiology, OT Complex and Dow International Medical College.