Recover US$81M Worth Of Outstanding Covid vaccines; A-G To MoH
The Auditor-General (A-G), Johnson Akuamoah Asiedu has directed the Ministry of Health (MoH) to recover US$81 million worth of paid but unsupplied covid-19 vaccines.
In his report, the A-G said the government of Ghana paid US$120,192,379.80 to UNICEF/AVAT for the supply of vaccines to the country, however, not all the orders placed were delivered.
Just 5,109,600.00 doses of vaccines worth US$38,322,000.00 were supplied.
“We recommended that the Chief Director of the Ministry of Health should renegotiate with UNICEF/AVAT to recover the outstanding amount”, the report recommended.
There is an outstanding US$81,870,379.80 worth of vaccines yet to arrive in the country, the report noted.
This was contained in the auditor general’s audit of the government’s Covid expenditure from March 2020 to June 2022.
The report indicated that the Finance Ministry mobilised GH¢21,844,189,185.24 to mitigate the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic in Ghana.
The funds, the Audit showed, were sourced from the Contingency Fund, the World Bank Group, the International Monetary Fund (IMF), the African Development Bank (AfDB), the European Union (EU) and the sale of BOG-COVID-19 Bonds for 2020, 2021 and 2022 Fiscal Years to finance the Coronavirus Alleviation Programme and implementation of the Ghana COVID-19 Emergency Preparedness and Response Plan as well as Budgetary Support.
Source: opemsuo.com/Hajara Fuseini