At a time when the world’s governments are looking to save their citizens by providing supplies, medicines and medical devices to keep them from certain death due to the outbreak of the Coronavirus pandemic, the head of the military coup, Abdel Fattah El-Sisi, is heading to domination and control and also to deceive companies specialized in importing medical supplies, under the banner of what was launched It is marked as Consolidated Purchase.
Days ago, the “Medical Supplies Division” in the Cairo Chamber of Commerce continued to pressure the coup government officials to demand that it pay 3 billion pounds to about 50 companies in exchange for supplying medical supplies and masks to the Unified Purchase Authority to face the Corona crisis.
Last March 2020, the Egyptian Authority for Unified Procurement, Medical Supply and Supply and the Department of Medical Technology introduced a special practice for the procurement of laboratory supplies and equipment and blood banks. The authority plans to provide government agencies’ needs in terms of equipment, chemicals, and medical laboratory reagents, and the practice continued until December 17, 2020, to determine the combined needs of government agencies in order to achieve the highest possible benefit to reach the best quality and lowest prices.
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Prior to that, the Ministry of Health and Population of the government of the coup directed the heads of health authorities and the Ministry’s agents in the governorates, in coordination with the Public Authority for Unified Procurement to manage the needs of these entities in terms of medicines and medical supplies through the authority; Under the pretext of preserving the lives of patients and to prevent violating the provisions of the law.
The coup body was established by Law 151 of 2019, which Abdel Fattah El-Sisi enacted under the name “The Egyptian Authority for Unified Procurement, Supply and Medical Supplies, and the Department of Medical Technology” and the Egyptian Drug Authority, which comes as one of the most prominent vital legislation in the field of medicine, which they claimed would develop the health system and provide medicine Regularly and confront monopolistic practices in the sector and the development of medical industries.
The law grants broad powers to the authority, whereby it exclusively undertakes the procurement of human medical preparations and supplies for all government agencies and bodies, in return for paying a purchase fee that does not exceed 7% of the net value of what the authority purchases for the aforementioned entities, bodies and companies, without adding customs duties or tax On value added or other costs. The purchase fee shall be collected in cash or by any other means of payment, and the executive regulations of this law shall specify the rules for calculating the fee in a manner that does not exceed the specified maximum limit and the conditions for exemption from paying it in whole or in part.
In turn, Mohamed Ismail, head of the “Medical Supplies Division” in the Chamber of Commerce in Cairo, said that medical supplies companies have had arrears since last March, and that they are demanding the Single Purchase Authority to pay them in order to be able to complete their supplies to the authority.
In a related matter, the rates of demand for masks and vitamins such as zinc, vitamin C and analgesics have increased in pharmacies since mid-December, by “70%” to face the second wave of Corona, according to the statements of Dr. Ali Auf, head of the General Division of Medicines in the General Federation of Chambers of Commerce. The price of medicines currently ranges from 6 to 16 pounds for painkillers, and between 15 to 75 pounds for a box of zinc and vitamin C, from 15 to 80 pounds for a box of antibiotics Zithromix, according to Ali Auf. The price of masks ranges between 2 to 5 pounds each.
Faced with this catastrophic situation, sources and intelligence services revealed facts and disasters about the role of Sisi and his narrow circle in exacerbating the health crisis and the inability of hospitals..Sources that contacted Al-Sharq TV on last Saturday attributed the causes of the crisis to higher orders issued by Sisi personally. These sources referred to the orders that Sisi issued to Major General Baha Zaidan, the former director of the Armed Forces Medical Supply Authority and one of the leaders of the Al-Galaa Military District in Ismailia, that nothing should be removed from the medical supplies except with his own permission, “Sisi” … which is what Bahaa responded to ” Well, regret! “
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