Joy News has uncovered how the Tamale Teaching Hospital (TTH) awarded a contract to supply drugs of over ¢200,000 without due process.

A special audit report by the hospital revealed that there was neither an evaluation exercise nor a tender committee approval for the award of the contract.

A former Director of Pharmacy, Nicholas Adjimani, cited in the controversy has mounted a strong defence.

In the second part of Joy News’ hotline documentary ‘Robbing The Sick’, Kwetey Nartey, takes a look at more of such irregular contracts.

For such contracts to be awarded, procurement approval must be sought from the Public Procurement Authority.

This is followed by an evaluation of the bids of the interested parties and a report is submitted to the entity tender committee for final approval.

However, in the TTH case, these were not done.

In a special audit of the Pharmacy and Procurement unit of the Hospital in 2013, the procurement records revealed there was no evidence of evaluation report and tender committee minute for the contract awarded for the supply of drugs valued at over ¢200,000.

What this means, according to the audit, is that there was neither evaluation exercise done nor tender committee approval for all the awards.

This claim has been challenged by the man at the centre of the controversy, former director of pharmacy, Nicholas Adjimani.

He told the Joy News reporter his responsibility at the Tamale Teaching Hospital was to provide expert advice and not to award contracts.

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