The lawyer representing the remanded supplier revealed in open court that the mastermind behind the immunoglobulin deal holds a cabinet position. This revelation has prompted a special request from the Government Medical Officers Association to the Criminal Investigation Department, urging immediate identification and arrest of the alleged mastermind.
Expressing concern over the potential suppression of the issue, the Association emphasizes the need for a comprehensive investigation that goes beyond lower-level officials involved in the transaction. The Association asserts that a thorough examination of the entire procurement process is essential to address irregularities, fraud, corruption, and potential threats to human life.
The lawyer’s claim in court has raised questions about the integrity of the immunoglobulin deal and its potential impact on drug shortages in the coming years. The Association warns that failure to swiftly investigate and prosecute those responsible may exacerbate the drug shortage crisis in 2024 compared to 2023.
GMOA stresses the urgency of returning to a normal procurement process. He points out that past practices have been marred by irregularities and emergency purchases, leading to various issues, including threats to public health.