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Monday, August 30, 2010 (15:05:13)
Tags : Directorate of Health Services, Government of NCT of Delhi, medical equipment for CWG

Commonwealth Games scam: Prices of Medical equipment artificially inflated

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Commonwealth Games Cell of DHS, Delhi has agreed to procure medical equipment at an exorbitant rate
New Delhi, Aug 30: If you think the news on Commonwealth Games getting tainted with corruption are all inflated and far from truth, you need to think once more. A major medical scam under the umbrella of CWG 2010 has come in the forefront making the earlier allegations look closer to truth.

The major sporting event that India is hosting after a long hiatus, has already been stigmatized for the fund diversion and other related issues.

Reports from the close sources reveal that Commonwealth Games Cell of Directorate of Health Services (DHS) Government of NCT of Delhi is buying basic medical equipment at exorbitant prices. Moreover, the prices have been artificially inflated.

In a recent tender for around 100 AED (Automated External Defibrillator) machines awarded to Zoll Medical Corporation, it has come to pass that the Commonwealth Games Cell of DHS will have to shell out Rs. 8731800 (@ Rs. 1,94,040 each) for the first 45 AED machines.

AED is a portable electronic device that makes automatic diagnosis of the potentially life threatening cardiac arrhythmias in a patient.

Zoll Medical Corporation got the tender via the agent Faith Biotech ltd. Zoll has reportedly procured those equipments from Hanstronics Medical Equipments, which is also based in New Delhi. Hanstronics has however, supplied the same product recently in at much lesser price.

If market prices of these equipments are to be assessed, it will be observed that 1 unit of AED machine costs anywhere between Rs. 90000 and Rs. 1 Lac, which includes all taxes and duties.

It is to be noted that Surgicoin, a medical company which was recently exposed in the CWG medical equipment scandal and was not allowed to take part in the tenders. Surgicoin had quoted Rs 2.75 lakh for each trolley bed for the order of 124 trolley beds. In reality, the same bed is available for Rs 1.60 lakh each.

If the commonwealth Games cell goes ahead with tender, it will shed a total of Rs. 19,40,4000 for 100 machines, which means it has to pay more than Rs 9 crore extra due to artificially inflated rate quoted by the supplier. At such a critical juncture the common question that arises is why can't the DHS, New Delhi buy bulk number of AED devices at lesser price when even common people can avail them.