Abdulla Ameen has stepped aside from his duties as Health Minister pending the outcome of an investigation into the findings on a compliance audit on Health Ministry’s COVID-19 related spending.
The Auditor General’s Office delivered its compliance audit report on Health Ministry’s COVID-19 related spending on Sunday.
President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih has requested for Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) and Maldives Police Service to lead joint investigation concerning the defilement revealed in the report.
In a letter to the President on Monday, Ameen said that he is stepping aside from the Health Ministry until the investigation is complete, or until the President informs him otherwise.
The compliance audit report states there is reason to believe the procurement of ventilators from overseas involves fraud.
Health Ministry gotten the import of ventilators – some portion of endeavors to improve the limit of Maldives’ health framework to treat coronavirus patients who require escalated care – to three privately owned businesses; Medtech Maldives, Naadu Private Limited, and Dubai-based Executors General Trading LLC.
While Health Minister Abdulla Ameen and authorities from National Emergency Operations Center (NEOC) recently expressed that the Executors General Trading was contracted to flexibly 75 ventilators at the proposal of World Health Organization (WHO), the Auditor General’s Office found the organization had not been suggested by the association.
The audit revealed that 11 ventilators which were provided by Executors General Trading were not the brand of ventilators they had been contracted to get, and don’t meet the prerequisites. Agents General Trading was additionally contracted to get the ventilators at a more significant expense than different providers.
Health Ministry also did not obtain a performance guarantee, or an advance payment guarantee when it paid MVR 30 million (90 percent of the total payment) as an advance to the company.
The Auditor General instructed an investigation into the award of the contract to Executors General Trading.
The Parliament bantered on a crisis movement over the review discoveries prior this Monday, during which parliamentarians called for Ameen to be dismissed.