The Health Ministry has asked all local health departments and hospitals under its management to report the procurement of testing and diagnostics equipment supplied by US-based Bio-Rad Laboratories Inc. from January 1, 2005 to November 5, 2014.

The request was made following an announcement made by the US’ Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) on November 3, stating that the company’s subsidiaries were charged of making improper payments worth 7.5 million USD to officials in Russia, Thailand and Vietnam in order to win contracts.

Bio-Rad Vietnam was said to have given 2.2 million USD to intermediaries and hospital officials in exchange for business from 2005-2009.

In response, the ministry urged the US Embassy in Vietnam to coordinate with US offices involved in investigations to clarify the allegation. If the information proves incorrect, the US side should publicly declare it false in order to ensure the Vietnamese people do not lose trust in the country’s health sector.

Earlier, the ministry also requested the Ministry of Public Security to launch an investigation into the case.-VNA