Former Minister of Health underneath the John Mahama administration, Alex Segbefia says the National Democratic Congress (NDC) feels vindicated following the findings of the Auditor General’s Report.
The Auditor General’s particular report on Ghana’s COVID 19 expenditure has revealed some enormous cost made by the Ministry of Health.
According to the report, the Ministry paid over 10 million cedis in insurance coverage premiums to cowl 10,000 frontline well being employees and allied well being professionals with no life insurance coverage coverage doc.
Commenting on the findings on GHOne TV January 23, 2023 Monday, Mr. Segbefia said the NDC is totally justified in elevating issues about how COVID cash is spent.
“And we expect that when we’ve digested some prospects on this perspective, we’ll then be additionally additional justified to say lots of this cash was utilized in a method as to reinforce the marketing campaign on the time. And not essentially merely to take care of the Covid woes that we had on the time. The accounting in lots of circumstances is abysmal.
“We believe that we have to give leeway for the exigencies at the time and the difficulties that we were going through and so certain things had to be done quickly, and that we accept. But notwithstanding the fact we think there are a lot of things in that report which don’t sit well or are not palatable. You are looking at an expenditure of GHC 19.1 billion in 2020 alone. The total amount over 2021, 2022 we are looking at GHC21billion. And so, the bulk of that money was spent in 2020”, Mr. Segbefia said.
He additional added that the governing NPP made lots of bills that weren’t needed for the long run of the nation.
“And whenever you take a look at the way it was spent, what it was used for and also you drill down which might be accomplished subsequently. I’m positive individuals will start to understand that lots of issues have been accomplished which depart lots to be desired. You will discover that some funds have been used for 88 hospitals on the time, it’s throughout the doc and we nonetheless haven’t seen a single doc but, and that has kicked from 88 to 111.
Source: Ghana/Starrfm.com.gh/103.5FM/Bernice Mensah