$81m worth of Covid-19 vaccines paid for was not delivered – Auditor-General’s report
The Auditor General has reported that $81 million worth of vaccines paid for by government has not yet been delivered.
The Auditor General claims that although the government spent over $120 million on vaccines, only $38 million worth of them really arrived at UNICEF and the African Vaccine Acquisition Trust (AVAT).
The Auditor General has thus recommended to the Chief Director of the Health Ministry to renegotiate and recover the outstanding balance.
The Auditor General maintains that this needs to be done right away in order to ensure that the state gets its money back.
“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 to recover the outstanding amount,” he said.
Meanwhile, the report also stated that over US$2.5 billion (¢21 billion) of monies mobilised for the fight against Covid-19, only 25% (¢5.5) was used on health.
The Auditor General added that the balance was spent on government programmes such as Free SHS and LEAP, among others.
The Auditor General also stated that the remaining funds were used for government initiatives like LEAP and Free SHS, among others.