Health Ministry Registrar interdicted over GHS2m rot

A letter dated February 1, 2017, signed by the Minister of Health, Kwaku Agyeman- Manu, said the Registrar, Dr Sylvia Annie, must step aside with immediate effect.

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The Minister of Health has interdicted the Registrar of the Health Facilities and Regulatory Agency who has been indicted in an audit report for misappropriating about GHS2 million.

A letter dated February 1, 2017, signed by the Minister of Health, Kwaku Agyeman- Manu, said the Registrar, Dr Sylvia Annie, must step aside with immediate effect.

“On the strength of the findings of the audit investigations into operations of the health facilities and Regulatory Agency, it has been decided that you step aside to pave way for further investigation to be conducted.

“You are, therefore, requested to take steps to hand over the affairs of the agency to the chief director of the ministry. This directive takes immediate effect”, the letter indicated.

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The internal audit report has recommended that Dr Sylvia should be investigated and sanctioned

The audit report suggested that the registrar had faulted in about 36 instances leading to the misappropriating of about GH¢2million, the Finder reports.

The report said the Internally Generated Funds not recorded in the revenue collection book amounted to GHS350,850.

It said summary cash book and control G.C.R.s not issued in the collection and recording of revenues totalled GHS399,850.

Payment of monthly Additional Duty Hours Allowance (ADHA) and other allowances without approval was GHS315, 572.68, while the use of officers other than account staff to deposit money into the Bank account totalled GHS97,050.

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The report added that signing of cheques to withdraw monies and making cheque payment alone without any counter signature amounted to GHS73,771.75 while unpresented payment vouchers amounted to GHS69,710.31.

The audit report stated that unauthorised possession and use of valid books by Dr Sylvia Josephine Annie led to the loss of GH¢85,484.62 while internally generated funds collected but not lodged in the bank account totaled GHS23,650.

According to the report, Internally Generated Funds (IGF) not recorded in revenue collection book was GHS350,850.00 and appointment and payment of temporal staffs without the approval of the governing board led to GHS16,800 expenditure.

An amount of GHS85,484.62 is said to have been lost through the use of unauthorised payment vouchers to make payment.

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