Ministry forms team to probe Rapti Academy of Health Sciences


The Kathmandu Post

KATHMANDU : The Ministry of Health and Population has formed a five-member team to look into the irregularities at the Rapti Academy of Health Sciences.

The team, headed by Madhusudhan Burlakoti, joint-secretary at the Population Division of the Health Ministry, has been asked to furnish the report within seven days.

According to a statement issued by Mahendra Prasad Shrestha, spokesperson for the ministry, the team has been tasked with probing the operational status of the institutions; to check if they are running as per the Academy’s Act and how the office bearers of the academy are exercising their legal powers. 

The ministry has also directed the team to check if senate decisions were followed while procuring health equipment and medicines, and whether they had checked the items before paying for them The ministry has also asked the team to probe the need for the Academy’s liaison office in Kathmandu. 

The team has to report on whether the physical infrastructure and vehicle of the office are being used by the academy officials or by someone else; the attendance of office bearers and vice-chancellor at their respective offices; the status of payment of the office bearers and whether the due tender process was followed; and the implementation status of the issues raised by the parliamentary committee.

Shrestha said that Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Health and Population Upendra Yadav, who is also a pro-chancellor of the university, gave directions for the investigation.

“We have formed a probe committee, as they seem to not have followed the pro-chancellor’s and the parliamentary committee’s directions,” said Shrestha. He said that the hospital was shut down due to discrepancies on Vice-chancellor Dr Sangita Bhandari’s part.

“She expelled experienced staff and initiated the process to hire new ones at a time when the academy does not have the budget for new hirings,” he added.Bhandari refused to talk to the Post.