GH¢ 900,000 Blown; Herald Vindicated Again
A forensic audit into the operations of the pharmacy department of the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital in Accra, has revealed that GHC946,574.29, was misappropriated through bad procurement processes, and collusion by suppliers.
The forensic audit, which has been intercepted by the media covered the years 2010 to 2014.
This revelation vindicates The Herald publications into the affairs of the nation’s premier hospital, sometime last year, attracting the wrath of the Pharmacy Department, leading to a series of insult-filled publications in the Daily Graphic newspaper.
The year and amount misappropriated were given as;
2010 GHC245 193,
2011 GHC275 287.85
2012 GHC146 269.54
2013 GHC208 504.43,
Ernest Chemists Ghana Ltd, a pharmaceutical company and supplier of drugs to the hospital, has been asked to return GHC21,000, which the report found to have been illegally paid.
The report made 44 recommendations and asked for a strict adherence to the Public Procurement Law.
The Director of Pharmacy at the hospital in a response after checking the department’s books, acknowledged the findings of the audit as factual.
The Pharmacy Manager and staff at the department, have expressed surprise about the shortage in cash lodgments, because cash was paid to the bank every day.
The Pharmacy’s checks, also show that a number of computer printouts from their daily sales summary, had been forged and the amount on it reduced drastically.
This indicated that the pharmacy department had done all it should and cannot be held liable for the misappropriation. They insisted that the accounts department, respond to the discrepancies.
According to Joy News, the originals of the daily cash detail sheets signed as proof of receipt of cash are also missing.
Attempts to unravel these dirty acts, led to an orchestrated upheaval and strikes against the Eddie Annang-led board, forcing it to resign eventually.