Huge price difference in health equipment purchased by Army Department of Health Services
KATHMU, June 8: It has been discovered that there’s a big worth distinction in the identical quantity of well being tools bought by two completely different authorities our bodies to sort out the COVID-19 pemic.
The worth of the identical quantity of well being tools bought by Nepal Army (NA) the Department of Health Services has a distinction of greater than 3 times.
The division had bought surgical masks at Rs 15 per piece by means of open competitors, whereas the Nepal Army bought the identical masks at 43 cents (Rs 52) by means of a authorities to authorities (G2G) settlement with China.
As per the data acquired by Republica Online, the division bought 8.three million models of surgical masks at Rs 15 per piece, whereas the Nepal Army bought 2.5 million models of surgical masks at Rs 52 per piece.
The surgical masks Nepal Army bought is Rs 37 costlier per piece than the masks bought by the well being division. This means, the Nepal Army has paid an extra Rs 92.5 million to buy 2.5 million surgical masks.
The well being division has bought 2.9 million small-sized surgical masks, 5 million medium-sized masks, 417,431 big-sized surgical masks.
Likewise, Nepal Army has bought 750,000 small-sized surgical masks, 1.2 million medium-sized masks, 500,000 big-sized surgical masks.
Though the federal government allowed the Nepal Army to buy medical tools, the Ministry of Health Population allowed the Department of Health Services to buy 15 p.c well being tools.
The well being division has bought 250,000 N95 masks at Rs 245 per unit. Likewise, the Nepal Army bought 212,500 models of protecting masks at Rs 357 per piece.
According to Dr Bhogendra Dotel, chief of the administration division of Department of Health Services, the well being tools bought by the Nepal Army ought to have been cheaper. “The Nepal Army doesn’t must pay VAT customs obligation for the well being tools it bought. So it ought to have been cheaper,” mentioned Dotel.
Meanwhile, Bigyan Dev Pey, spokesperson for the Nepal Army, mentioned the nationwide military is getting ready to distribute the bought well being tools. He confirmed that the Nepal Army bought surgical masks at 43 cents per piece. But he refused to touch upon different questions requested by Republica Online.