Serious audit needed at Ministry of Health—PAC

Parliamentary Public Affairs Committee (PAC) chairperson Alekeni Menyani has said issues of maladministration at the Ministry of Health can only stop if a serious performance audit takes place there.

Speaking after meeting officials from the ministry over the 2013/14 Auditor General’s report on Wednesday evening, Menyani noted that the ministry lacks professionals who can do administrative work satisfactorily and with dedication.

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Said Menyani: “The Ministry of Health is one of the biggest ministries in the government structures because of its many facilities; it needs a lot of money, resources and is expected to be a best performer, but their performance is below par.”

A 2014/15 Auditor General‘s report noted that drugs and medical supplies amounting to K209.6 million were not accounted for, the officials failed to provide activity reports for training workshops that totalled K44.2 million, and missing vouchers totaling K187.8 million.

In his response, controlling officer for the ministry of Health Dr. Dan Namarika told the committee that it was regrettable that at the time of the audit, the relevant documents were not presented for verification.

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