Monday, February 16, 2015

(NYT) Sierra Leone loses track of millions in #Ebola funds

A health worker and patient at the Borma Foya Hospital in Sierra Leone. A report says government ministers lost track of millions of dollars in emergency funds to fight the Ebola virus. CreditDaniel Berehulak for The New York Times

FREETOWN, Sierra Leone — A report by Sierra Leone’s national auditor says government ministers lost track of more than $3 million in internal emergency funds to fight the Ebola virus, impairing the response to the disease.

Delays in testing are causing serious bottlenecks at treatment centers. There is no paperwork to support payments of 14 billion leones, or $3.3 million, from government Ebola accounts, while $2.5 million in disbursements had incomplete documentation, the country’s auditor general, Lara Taylor-Pearce, said in the report. 

The accounting lapses ultimately resulted in “a reduction in the quality of service delivery in the health sector,” according to the report, which was posted on the Audit Service’s website. It was presented to Parliament on Friday.

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