THE Ministry of Health and Child Care (MoHCC) is still using obsolete manual accounting systems which are prone to manipulation, making it difficult for auditors to detect any financial anomalies, HealthTimes has learnt.
Briefing Parliament on their findings, Public Accounts Portfolio Committee Chair, Hon Paurina Mpariwa said the committee had discovered that the ministry, its departments and health institutions were using outdated accounting systems at a time when the rest of the world was moving with technologies.
“At this time where we have ICTs, the ministry continues to have manual procedure in terms of accounting, it makes it difficult to tracing if any anomalies that would occurred in the health sector. The audit also discovered that Karoi, Chinhoyi and Masvingo hospitals were not keeping ledger accounts.
“There is poor management of funds in the ministry of health and if it continues other ministries will follow suite but this is a key ministry,” said Mpariwa.
Poor funding and lack of resources have been the major hindrance to ministry of health achieving its targets as well as upgrading their systems to suit the modern day trends.