The Auditor-General has reported that $80m worth of vaccines paid for by government has not been delivered.
According to the A-G, government paid over $120m to the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and African Vaccine Acquisition Trust (AVAT) but only $38m worth was delivered.
The Auditor-General has thus recommended to the Chief Director of the Health Ministry to renegotiate and recover the outstanding balance.
This, according to the A-G must be done immediately to ensure the amount is recovered to the state.
“We noted that the Ministry of Health on behalf of the government of Ghana paid an amount of $120,192,379.80 to UNICEF/AVAT for the supply of vaccines.
“However, 5,109,600.00 doses of vaccines valued at $38,322,000.00 were supplied to the National Cold Room leaving a difference of US$81,870,379.00 with UNICEF/AVAT.
“We recommend that the Chief Director of the Ministry of Health should renegotiate with UNICEF/AVAT recover the outstanding amount,” he said.
Meanwhile, the report also stated that, out over US$2.5bn (¢21bn) over monies mobilised for the fight against Covid-19, only 25% (¢5.5) was used on health.
The A-G added that the balance was spent on government programmes such as Free SHS, LEAP amongst others.
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