Military officer faces disciplinary action for Covid test kit scam

By Viet Tuan March 31, 2022 | 7:40 p.m. PT

Lieutenant General Do Quyet, Director of the Vietnam Military Medical University. Photo by VnExpress/Hoang Thuy

The director of the Vietnam Military Medical University in Hanoi is facing disciplinary action for his involvement in a Covid-19 test kit scam scandal at an HCMC technology company.

The Communist Party’s Central Inspection Committee on Thursday asked the Secretariat, the Party’s unit in charge of personnel matters, to sanction Lt. Gen. Do Quyet, director of the university.

Hoang Van Luong, deputy director of the university, was also recommended to be disciplined.

Colonel Ho Anh Son, deputy director of the university’s Military Medical Research Institute, and senior Colonel Nguyen Van Hieu, head of the equipment and supplies department, were expelled from the Party. Son was previously detained to be investigated for embezzlement and abuse of power for his involvement in the test kit scam, while Hieu was also detained to be investigated. for auction violations.

Son was leading the research project to study and produce Covid-19 test kits in collaboration with Ho Chi Minh City-based medical technology company Viet A.

Earlier this month, the Party Inspection Committee found that the Party Committee of the Military Medical University had been negligent and lacked oversight, which allowed violations at the university regarding research and manufacture of Covid-19 test kits from Viet A.

Such violations have caused losses to the national budget, affected the fight against Covid-19, caused social distress and affected the reputation of the Party and the university to the point where disciplinary action should be considered, the committee added.

Phan Quoc Viet, general manager of Viet A, admitted in January that he inflated the price of a Covid-19 test kit by 45% and sent around 800 billion VND ($35.2 million) in “ bonuses” to the company’s partners. Viet said he bribed some people to earn over VND500 billion.

Police said some officials conspired with local Centers for Disease Control (CDC) leaders to win bids for Viet A’s test kits.

Previously, 25 people, including senior provincial CDC officials, had been investigated for their involvement in the Viet A.

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