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Fazilatunnesa Eye Hospital a public, not private, property

  • Published at 01:04 am November 12th, 2016
Fazilatunnesa Eye Hospital a public, not private, property
To ease the suffering of local eye patients’ the government has established an eye hospital in Gopalganj in the name of Sheikh Fazilatunnesa Mujib, wife of Bangabandhu Sheikh Munjbur Rahman. But Accountant of the Hospital Md Humayun Kabir of Sheikh Fazilatunnesa Eye Hospital and Training Institute is running the institute as his own property. Several officials of the institute wishing anonymity said Humayun Kabir was appointed as an accountant of the institute, but he also worked as administrative officer and storekeeper. Hospital sources alleged that Humayun Kabir embezzled nearly Tk35 lakh showing fake receipts and vouchers in the name of buying papers and vehicles’ parts. An official of the hospital without disclosing his name, said: “Humayun Kabir is using assistant director’s air-conditioned room as his office. He also gripped four cabins on the 5th floor of the hospital and used to live there with family his members. Apart from these, Humayun is also using a cabin as his kitchen.” A nurse of the hospital alleged that Humayun Kabir took Tk2,500 each  from 104 nurses of the hospital assuring that he would take steps to fix their salary, but he did not take any single step over the issue. He also rented 4th, 5th and 6th floor’s rooms to several persons and employees of the hospital. Abul Kalam, hailed from Faridpur district, said: “I was compelled to buy a black eyeglass from hospital authorities at Tk100, but it is only Tk30 in the outside. Hospital authorities forced me to buy this from them.” When contacted, Humayun Kabir denied all the allegations. He said: “We have power to spend the contingency money of public works and we have bought papers and vehicles’ parts with the money.” He also said: “My family members came here for checkup and are using cabins as patients.” AK Fazlul Haque, treasurer of Gopalganj Public Works Department, said: “Sheikh Fazilatunnesa Eye Hospital and Training Institute authorities have already taken Tk3.5 millions for different purposes. However, Bimol Chandra Gayen, newly appointed director of the hospital, said: “I do not know anything about money or vouchers.”