Health ministry failed to keep proper records on procurement: Audit

Office of the Auditor General Director of Audit Finau Nagera during the Parliament Public Accounts Committee meeting in Suva this afternoon. Picture: ARIETA VAKASUKAWAQA

THE Ministry of Health and Medical Services has failed to keep proper records on the procurement of biomedical equipment in the past.

This is an issue that was highlighted by the Office of the Auditor General – that scrutinised the audit report on the procurement of biomedical equipment – to the Parliament Public Accounts Committee in Suva this afternoon.

Director of Audit Finau Nagera said the report was compiled by more than 10 audit officers within the Pacific.

She said it was a compliance audit to determine whether the procurement was done in accordance with regulations and procedures.

“One of the thing that we have found is the record keeping and management at the Ministry of Health with regards to public procurement. Consultations, assessments and records of the meeting may have been done but at the end of the day, it was not recorded, this is the difficulty that we found,” Ms Nagera said.

“The result of this audit is not going to be published not only in Fiji but across the region, the Ministry of Health was forthcoming with anything that we needed.

“We have identified that globally, the public procurement is a challenging area.”

Fiji Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Services acting head Jeremaia Mataika said they had acknowledged the audit and the need for improvement.

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