Parliament’s Health Committee has tasked the National Medical Stores to provide a breakdown on how the Shs80Bn allocated for procurement of Covid jabs was spent because most of the vaccines used came from donors.
The directive followed a matter raised by Bayiga Lulume (Buikwe South MP) during the consideration of the National Budget Framework Paper for NMS at parliament yesterday.
Paul Okware, Chief Stores and Operations Officer informed journalists in an interview that the Ministry of Health availed the Shs80Bn for procurement of covid vaccines and the vaccines already received are to a tune of Shs60Bn.
He explained, that all the money that Government made available has been deposited for the vaccines and particularly Johnson and Johnson vaccines that were bought using government moment.
This prompted Charles Ayume (Koboko MunicipalityMP) who also doubles as Chairperson Health Committee to direct NMS to avail Parliament with evidence on how the funds were spent.
The National Medical Stores presented to the Parliamentary Health Committee a budget framework paper of UGX 613.1 billion that will be used to procure, store, and distribute medicine to all government health centers in the financial year 2022/23.