Fresenius Medical Care given second chance as PPDA orders fresh tendering of dialysis services
By Our Reporter
The Public Procurement and Disposal of Assets Authority (PPDA) has given second chance to controversial south african owned dialysis operator Fresenius Medical Care (FMC).
In a letter to secretary of health dated February 1, PPDA has been ordered to retender the procurement of dialysis services across the country.
Our investigations can reveal that FMC previously had lost both the technical and financial evaluations for the same.
In another letter, PPDA even rejected ministry of health’s proposal to give contract to Fresenius for operating dialysis clinic at Kamuzu Central Hospital (KCH) citing massive irregularities in the manner in which the award was done.
Meanwhile, it has come to our attention that PPDA has been coming under heavy pressure from senior officials at the ministry of health to award the contract to FMC.
Currently, the dialysis services at KCH are run by World Wide Pharmaceuticals while at Queens the current service provider is FMC.
Both service providers have been given six months extension until ministry of health identifies new providers.
Fresenius, a controversial south african company, was awarded Queens contract without any tendering and there are strong rumors making rounds that ministry officials are bound to cut corners in order to give the company monopoly of all dialysis clinics across the country.
The decision by ministry of health officials does not come as a surprise as FMC has reputation across the world of bribing officials and politicians to win contracts.
This comes barely days after the Transparency International ranked Malawi one of most corrupt countries on earth. In its report, the corrupt watchdog says Malawi is worse now than it was in 2012.