Parliamentarian Harin Fernando says tenders worth more than Rs. 10 billion have been issued to purchase health equipment through the National Medicines Regulatory Authority after a large number of files went missing from the NMRA database.
Speaking in Parliament today, MP Fernando said although data files had disappeared on the 9th of July from the NMRA database, it was reported to the Criminal Investigation Department only on the 23rd of July.
Responding to a statement made by State Minister Channa Jayasumana, MP Fernando said although claims were made that approval was not granted to import medicinal drugs during the period, tenders have been issued to bring down PPE kits, facemasks, antigen kits, syringes and PCR kits.
He said while a large number of people are dying due to COVID-19, some others are earning profits and collecting commissions.
He said they will have to face repercussions as profits are gained at the expense of innocent lives.
MP Harin Fernando said files from large databases cannot disappear easily as claimed, and said even phone records are saved in other locations when they are deleted.
He said the disappearance of files is a conspiracy hatched to gain profits while the country is dealing with a health emergency.