Fearing that healthy vaccines may be accidentally/mistakenly given for vaccination posing a public health risk to the country, the Auditor General said, “We have recommended that the Director of Public Health should ensure that the vaccines are disposed of. safely.”
The auditor-general said program managers explained that the donated vaccines were delivered to them near the expiration date.
The Auditor-General said the government paid more than $120m to the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the African Vaccine Acquisition Trust (AVAT) but only $38m worth was disbursed.
Section 83 of the Public Procurement Act, 2003 (Act 663) requires the head of the purchasing unit to convene a review board comprising representatives of departments holding obsolete stores, which shall report on the items and subject to a technical report. Recommend the best way to dispose of them.