General News of Thursday, 29 January 2015
A forensic audit into the operations of the pharmacy department of the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital in Accra has revealed that GHC946,574.29 has been misappropriated through bad procurement processes and collusion by suppliers.
The forensic audit which was intercepted by Joy News covered the years 2010 to 2014.
Year Amount misappropriated
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.
The indicated that their department had done all it should and cannot be held liable for the misappropriation. The insisted that the accounts department respond to the discrepancies.
The originals of the daily cash detail sheets signed as proof of receipt of cash are also missing.