Health Sector Audit Committees for the Upper West Region have been inaugurated with a call on members to let the law guide them in their line of duty.
A Circuit Court Judge, Justice Baah Forson Agyapong made the call when he swore-in members of the committees in Wa.
GBCs Emmanuel Mensah-Abludo reports that Justice Agyapong equally charged the audit committee members to be meticulous to avoid being vicariously held liable for the actions and omissions of their subordinates.
The Acting Director of Operations of the Internal Audit Agency (IAA), Nathan Yankey who made a presentation at the event reminded the audit committee members that they have onerous responsibility as corporate governance level committees to help the institutions Financial Management System to be effective by plugging the loopholes.
The Deputy Chief Internal Auditor, Ghana Health Service, Raphael Hope-Ankrah who represented the Director-General of the Service stressed the necessity for all partners to play their roles coupled with adequate financial provisions for the activities of the audit committees.
He stated: “I will advice that management members will adequately budget for the activities of the audit committees, so that it wont be like anytime they are to meet and other things that will be given to them, now we have to run helter-skelter looking for funds somewhere, they should be adequately budgeted for.
The Upper West Regional Director of Health Services, Dr. Osei Kuffour Afreh observed that the demand for public goods and services are on the increase coupled with limited resources and that those in the helm of affairs of public entities have to use cost-effective ways to manage the resources under their care. Auditing acts as a catalyst for enhancing and protecting organizational values, he stressed.
Dr. Afreh reminded senior management of public institutions of their primary responsibility of promoting good governance by demonstrating the highest ethical conduct and behavior at all times.
The Chairman of Institute of Chartered Accountants, Ghana (ICAG) of the Wa District Society, Peter Latuo charged members to uphold integrity, saying, “We should do our work with professionalism and we should be above reproach”.
“In whatever we do in this work, lets always remember; lets always ask ourselves; Are we doing it professionally?; Are we doing it objectively? and Are we doing it devoid of any bias? , he emphasized.
In all, 31 audit committees were inaugurated for the Upper West Region. One committee for regional directorate, eleven for the district directorates, eight at the hospital level, four for polyclinics and seven committees for health training institutions.
Story Emmanuel Mensah-Abludo