By our correspondent
KHAIRPUR: Deputy Director Anti-Corruption, Sindh, Qurban Khoso, along with the representative of Chief Minister’s Inspection Team, Shuja Ahmed Abro, on Monday conducted a raid at the office of district health officer, Khairpur, and confiscated the record to probe the alleged irregularities in the purchase of anti-malarial spray. There were reports that rules and regulations were violated by the EDO health.The News has learnt from credible sources that Rs16.5 million was allocated for house-to-house fumigation as well as spray in the district during the recent heavy rains to eradicate mosquitoes and stop the outbreak of cerebral malaria.
They said that Executive District Health Officer, Khairpur, had purchased insecticides by violating the prescribed rules of the Sindh Public Procurement Regulatory Authority. According to (SPPRA) Rules, it is mandatory to invite tenders from reputable companies for purchasing any item worth over Rs50,000. The sources said that the EDO did not follow the rules and after purchasing fumigation spray Alphacyper Methane from a local Karachi-based insecticide company handed over the same to the Malaria Control Department.
The sources alleged that the EDO Health Office, Khairpur, took 60 percent of the amount released for the purchase of insecticide. They added that the fumigation company was blacklisted and not recognised by World Health Organization.