Health ministry hamstrung by lack of govt support

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THE Ministry of Health and Child Care has been failing to pay suppliers of goods and services due to government’s failure to release its budgetary allocations resulting in outstanding payments shooting up to $70 million in 2016.

By VENERANDA LANGA

The Health ministry has also been failing to follow up on its creditors resulting in the amounts owing shooting up to $50 million.

This was revealed in a post audit report by the Paurina Mpariwa led Public Accounts Committee (PAC) which works with the Auditor General Mildred Chiri to expose poor accounting practices by ministries, public entities and local authorities.

The report exposes the vulnerability of hospitals at a time when members of the public are failing to get medication after diagnosis of diseases.

“The audit observed outstanding payments to suppliers of goods and services amounting to

$46 254 732 and some of the amounts date as far back as the 2012 financial year. The figure shot up to $70 112 498 in 2016, which is an indication that the ministry might incur litigation costs in the event suppliers consider legal action.

“In the event that suppliers also consider demanding cash upfront for supplies, there…

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