Nguyễn Ngọc Quỳnh and Nguyễn Thị Kim Dung.— Photo courtesy of police
HÀ NỘI — Police this month started legal proceedings against two more officials of the Hà Nội Centre for Disease Control (CDC) for inflating the price of the Reverse Transcription Polymerase Chain Reaction (RT-PCR) machines used for COVID-19 testing.
They are Nguyễn Ngọc Quỳnh, 45 years old, head of Hà Nội CDC’s Planning and Professional Department and Nguyễn Thị Kim Dung, 47 years old, head of Hà Nội CDC’s Administrative Organisation.
At the same time, police issued a search warrant and prohibited the two officials from leaving their residence.
They are being investigated for violating regulations on bidding, resulting in serious consequences.
In April, police launched a criminal case at the Hà Nội CDC (under the city Department of Health) in which CDC director Nguyễn Nhật Cảm and six other officials colluded with companies to triple the price of a COVID-19 testing equipment bidding package.
Media reported each RT-PCR machine costs VNĐ2.3 billion (US$100,000). Hà Nội CDC purchased them at prices of up to VNĐ7 billion ($304,000). — VNS