Government alone not responsible for health sector corruption: New DGHS DG

MNA Editorial Desk: The new director general (DG) of Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) Prof Abul Bashar Khurshid Alam has said the government alone is not responsible for corruption in the health sector.

He made the remarks after paying homage to the portrait of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman at Dhanmondi Road 32 on Saturday.

“There is no way to prevent corruption if we ourselves are not honest,” he said.

“If we talk about corruption, I would say that we are all responsible for it. If we only point our fingers at the government, that would be foolish of us. We are all part of this corruption,” the DG further said.

When asked about the challenges ahead, the new DG said: “I am trying to overcome the problems that the health sector is facing now in this Covid-19 pandemic. This is the biggest challenge now.”

He asked everyone to pray for him so that he can perform his duties given to him by the prime minister. At the same time, the new DG urged journalists to stand positively by the government in this crisis.

“You must criticize the government; you must point out the mistakes. Besides, I would say, if we do a good job, you will highlight that too,” Prof Bashar said to the journalists.

On July 23, Bashar was appointed at the new DG of DGHS through a circular issued by the Health Ministry. Earlier in the same day, the Ministry of Public Administration accepted the resignation letter of Prof Abul Kalam Azad from the post of DGHS DG.

Prior to his appointment as the DGHS DG, Dr Bashar had been working as the head of the Department of Surgery at Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH) and at the same time also held the position of general secretary of Bangladesh College of Physicians and Surgeons (BCPS)

He was a seventh batch student of Sir Salimullah Medical College.


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