DR Congo Health Budget Disappears Without Trace, NGO Says
Sumaira FH 10 days ago Tue 14th September 2021 | 12:00 AM
Brazzaville, Sept 13 (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 13th Sep, 2021 ) :DR Congo's health authorities have failed to explain where millions of Dollars meant for building hospitals and other treatment centres have gone, a public accountability group said on Monday.
The Congolese arm of the Publish What You Pay global network -- primarily concerned with transparency in the resources sector -- said it looked into 35 of 77 projects funded in the 2019 budget to the tune of 9.6 billion CFA francs (more than 14.6 million Euros, $17.2 million).
"We note a very low execution of the health budget, as no project has been fully completed," it said in a report.
"We have had difficulty following the projects" carried out, "we have not been able to see the traceability of funds", said Brice Makosso, deputy coordinator of the Congolese coalition.
The NGO said it had submitted its report to the Ministry of Health two weeks before publication, but had received no response. An official at the ministry contacted by AFP declined to comment.
However, "these centres are not yet built, and therefore non-existent".