Health ministry fails to spend Shs3bn

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HEALTH | The Ministry of Health failed to spend Shs3.6 billion of the funds allocated to it in the 2017/2018 national budget, a December 31, 2018 Auditor General’s audit report has revealed.

The same report further reveals that the Health ministry is grappling with domestic arrears amounting to Shs42.5 billion as of December 31, 2018.

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The findings now mean that the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) will task the ministry’s Permanent Secretary, Diana Atwine, to explain how the ministry failed to spend the funds despite the dire need of funds in Uganda’s health sector.

The report also faults the ministry for omitting essential components of works in the improvement of Health Services at Mulago Hospital during planning and design review, yet the same project is battling delayed execution of works.

Additionally, the ministry failed to recover advance payment worth Shs251 million and retention worth Shs628.7 million.

During the audit process, the ministry is said to have paid contractors $221,142.63 (about Shs824 million) for unexecuted works and was found to have delayed payment of VAT and IPCs to a tune of $903,954.53.

Ministry of Health was also found to have exaggerated the rate for whole sum demolitions, placing it at a whooping Shs80 million.

When the audit team inspected ongoing works between April 15, 2018 and May 30, 2018 in the presence of a Consultant and the Contractor’s representatives, they discovered a pattern of rot in the infrastructure projects.

Among the findings were the Cracked terrazzo works, poor bonding of tiles to walls, failed sections in compaction for driveway works, collapse of existing retaining wall behind Block J (Plant room), improper disposal of demolished

Works, unpaved section at gate house and several other locations on site, silted drains at gate house, and block H and poorly placed window at block H as well as poor concrete haunching behind kerbworks along Block F-extension.

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