Health Minister spent another ₵109m on vaccines without parliamentary approval – Akandoh

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The woes of Health Minister, Kwaku Agyeman-Manu are deepening by the day as fresh information emerging indicates that he paid out another GHC109 million for Covid-19 vaccines without parliamentary approval.

This was revealed by the Minority in Parliament in fresh documents on government spending on Covid-19.

Health Minister defends Sputnik-V purchase at premium rate

According to the documents, available to ABC News, the said payment for the supply of Janssen SARS Cov-2 vaccines was captured in the 2021 mid-year review fiscal policy statement presented to the House.

Appendix 4E of the document further reveals the amount was a 15% down payment for the supplies of over 12 million doses of the said COVID vaccine.

Commenting on the latest development, Ranking Member of Parliament’s Health Committee, Kwabena Mintah-Akandoh questioned why the approval was not brought before the plenary nor the oversight committee in charge of the Health sector for prior approval.

“There’s another leg coming up because about ₵109 million has been paid and that has got to do with COVID-19 vaccines. That was captured in the mid-year review budget but it did not come to the House. I am a ranking member of the Health committee so I would have known or seen it but it is not anywhere in the House. They did not bring it to the House,” he stated emphatically in an interview on an Accra-based radio network monitored by ABC News.

This latest revelation comes in the wake of the controversy surrounding the procurement of Sputnik V vaccines through a Dubai-based middleman, Sheikh Al Maktoum.

Even though the Sheikh has refunded the $2.4 million paid to him, calls have intensified for the Health Minister to immediately resign or be sacked.

SourceABC News

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