Monday, December 27, 2010

Afghanistan to look into missing medicine | Antiwar Newswire

Afghanistan to look into missing medicine | Antiwar Newswire: "The Afghanistan Defense Ministry said Sunday it will investigate missing U.S.-donated medicines and pharmaceutical supplies meant for its army and police.

A statement said that the ministry will asses and investigate how much is missing from the $42 million worth of medical goods the U.S. has donated this year.

The statement came after Afghan Defense Minister Gen. Abdul Rahim Wardak told The Associated Press last week that an investigation had been launched into the issue, and that Surgeon General Ahmad Zia Yaftali had been removed from his post as part of the inquiry. Three officials from the country's top medical facility, Dawood National Military Hospital in Kabul, were fired, he said then.

It's unclear just how much has disappeared from the medical goods the U.S. has donated this year. U.S. officials say they do not account for the supplies after delivering them to the Afghans.

The Americans have repeatedly urged Afghan President Hamid Karzai to root out government corruption to show that his administration can be a true partner in re-establishing control over the country. However, many anti-corruption campaigns have stalled. Last summer, Karzai blocked an investigation into high-level aides supposedly accepting bribes....

- bth: total corruption

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