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Millions Of Dollars Spent In Unnecessary Purchase In The MINSA

CorruptionThe Ministry of Healht (MINSA) bought with “utmost urgency” a total of 126,250 rapid tests to detect antibodies of the HIV and hepatitis B and C, for a total of 2.5 million dollars, equivalent to $18.50 for each kit, without including taxes.

This acquisition would have been recorded as another regular purchase of the MINSA if not because of Aurelio Nuñez, head of the National STD / HIV / AIDS of the institution, who said there is a possible cost overrun of $10.50 for each kit. This means the Government is paying one million dollars more.

Nuñez sent a letter in May to Max Ramirez, Director of Health, in which he revealed that this transaction -awarded by the general secretary Adelys Varela, acting as a deputy minister in charge - "is not justified," because these three tests can be purchased for less than $8.

This purchase was made even though the former minister of Health, Franklin Vergara, acquired 25 thousand tests for half a million dollars in 2011, and most of these tests expired in the health centers. Neither the health minister, Javier Diaz, nor the general secretary talked about the matter. (Prensa)

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