The Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) yesterday in a letter said it took the initiative to sign the memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Regent Hospital after being directed by "higher authorities" in the health ministry.
DGHS also said it signed the MoU on condition that the Regent authorities renew the expired licences of their two branches.
The DGHS issued the letter, signed by its Assistant Director (Coordination) Dr Jahangir Kabir, to clarify its stance before media about the fraudulence of Regent Hospital owner Md Shahed and JKG Group.
As patients were reportedly being denied by hospitals due to the evolving Covid-19 situation and the number of confirmed cases continued to increase, DGHS signed the MoU with Regent Hospital, "supposing it would encourage other private hospitals to come forward to treat Covid-19 patients," the letter reads.
The DGHS also claimed it was unaware of the fraudulent activities of Shahed and his hospitals. After being informed by the intelligence agency, they, along with Rab, conducted a raid at the hospital.
DGHS also said it gave permission to JKG Group to set up booths and collect samples of coronavirus patients as its coordinator Ariful Chowdhury went to DGHS and claimed that that his organisation was able to set up booths -- like in South Korea -- to help the government deal with the Covid-19 crisis.
But after receiving allegations, DGHS cancelled the permission of JKG's sample collection, it reads.
Seeking cooperation from people, DGHS in the letter said a vested quarter was trying to tarnish the image of DGHS by providing false information to media.