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Tamale Teaching Hospital cited for diverting ȼ115,000 NHIA money

The Auditor-General has cited management of the Tamale Teaching Hospital (TTH) for breach of the procurement law in the 2015 preliminary Audit Report.

According to Richard Quartei Quartey, the hospital diverted more than ¢115,000 it received from the National Health Insurance Authority (NHIA).

This, Mr. Quartey believed could result in a shortage of essential drugs at the facility if not effectively addressed.

Management of the hospital has come under one attack after the other following damning revelations contained in the Auditor-General’s preliminary Audit report for 2015.

In one incident, the report said contracts due some two companies were shortchanged to Haskay Limited and Malhasa Limited to supply gloves and gauze rolls even though they never took part in the tendering process.

To curtail issues of judgment, Mr. Quartey recommended the prosecution of the director of finance as well as some other senior officials who had a hand in the decision.

Reacting to the issue on Joy News, Public Relation Officer of the Hospital, Misbaw Mohammed denied management erred in awarding the contract to the two companies.

He said the original winners of the contract demanded some changes be effected on the contract terms which management rejected resulting in the re-awarding of the contract.

Mr. Mohammed further dismissed reports making the rounds saying, “we don’t have the 2015 Audit report out.”

According to him, “These were preliminary observations that were made by the Regional Audit team” adding the Tamale Teaching Hospital has constituted itself to react to those issues.

It is only after the Regional Audit team receives our response before it will go ahead to prepare its final report, he added.

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