- The Audit Service has released a report that indicates the rot at the NHIA is worse than thought before
- Duplicate contracts, wrongful sole sourcing among some of the issues the report revealed
The National Health Insurance Authority (NHIA) has been hit with another scandal. This time it is the uncovering of about GHc 37 million that has not been accounted for. This finding was revealed in a report by the Ghana Audit Service.
According to the report, the monies are specifically GHc 23 million and US$ 3 million (about GHc 14 million). These are suspected to have lost through the duplication of contracts and payments that have no records in receipts.
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The report also indicated that the NHIA has broken the law on Single Source Procurement. This offence obviously carries criminal consequences.
According to the Audit Service, the NHIA was asked in four separate memos in early May to provide internal audit reports. This was after it was noted that the NHIA had continuously failed to update the Audit Service on such records.
The audit team also found out that over the Christmas period of 2017, the NHIA gave GHc 400,000 to 20 Members of Parliament. These MPs, members of the house's Health Committee, were supposed to educate their constituents on the health insurance scheme.
As to whether the exercise was actually undertaken is another matter. But the Audit Service reports that there are no records from the NHIA to back the payments to the MPs.
With regards to issues of sole sourcing, the Audit Service remarks that the manner in which the health insurance authority managed a US$300 million contract was not economical. The Service believes that the contract failed to meet anti-fraud standards.
A similar problem came up when it was discovered that the NHIA awarded duplicate contracts to three different firms. This means that the same work was contracted to different organisations.
The NHIA is yet to issue a statement on the Audit Service's findings: