Over 1,000,000 doses of vaccines obtained on the Nationwide Chilly Room and issued to consumer services had expired on the numerous Districts and Areas, Auditor Normal Report indicated.
In accordance with the report, the Programme Supervisor defined that the 1,022,348 vaccines have been donated vaccines that have been delivered to them near expiry.
With concern that the vaccines might by chance/mistakenly be issued among the many healthful ones for vaccination which might pose public well being risk to the nation, the Auditor Normal mentioned “We beneficial that the Director of Public Well being Division ought to make sure the vaccines are disposed of safely.”
Administration responded that as a part of public well being measures, these vaccines should not saved within the chilly room in any respect in order that they aren’t by chance issued amongst secure vaccines.
They have been moderately saved out of the Chilly Room and transported to the Regional Well being Directorate for destruction in line with normal working procedures (SOPs).
Administration additionally indicated that as a part of the usual working procedures (SOPs) and in accordance with regulation, administration is working with a group composed of Meals and Medicine Authority, Ghana Well being Service, Well being Companions together with WHO and/or UNICEF), the Environmental Well being division of the related Native Authorities, Environmental Safety Company and different departments to get rid of the expired vaccines.
The Auditor-Normal report has mentioned that part 83 of the Public Procurement Act, 2003 (Act 663) requires the top of the procurement entity to convene a Board of Survey comprising representatives of departments with out of date shops which shall report on the objects and topic to a technical report on them, advocate the perfect technique of disposal.
By Vincent Kubi