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Health sector procurement system goes online

In a major development in the government procurement process, the ministry of health affairs today entered into online procurement system following submission of procurement plan by its line directors (LDs) through the ministry's web portal.

 

A total of 15 line directors (LDs) under the ministry submitted their procurement plan using the ministry's Supply Chain Management Portal (SCMP), a web based portal that facilitate the line directors to prepare their procurement plan for 2012-13 and 2013-14 fiscals.

The online procurement plan will end the cumbersome manual procurement system in the health sector that will immensely help ensure transparency and accountability in public procurement system towards establishing good governance.

The 15 line directors out of 32 of the ministry and other directorates and departments submitted their procurement plan at a workshop in the MIS Conference Room at Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) at Mohakhali in the city.

Senior Secretary of health ministry Md Humayun Kabir joined the workshop as chief guest when Country Director of Management Sciences for Health (MSH) and System for Improved Access to Pharmaceuticals and Services (SIAPS) Dr Zubayer Hussain and Additional Secretary of the Ministry of Health Aktari Mamtaz, among others, were present.

"We are entering into the e-procurement system of the ministry after submission of the procurement plan by line directors. It's a major advancement towards materializing the government's efforts for strengthening its procurement system, especially in health sector," said Dr Zubayer.

Local IT farm SoftWorks has developed the portal under SIAPS programme with financial support of the USAID.

Earlier, the ministry formed a technical working group headed by Prof Abul Kalam Azad, additional director general of the DGHS, to develop the software assessing the need.