Health Minister Terrence Deyalsingh has announced an audit for the National Health Card programme, and an audit by accounting firm Ernst and Young, into the Children’s Life Fund.
Minister Deyalsingh made the announcement this afternoon during his contribution to the budget debate. He also knocked monies spent on the Chronic Disease Assistance Programme (CDAP) saying he could not understand why fifty-five million dollars was spent to manage a forty million dollar programme.
Former Health Minister, Dr Fuad Khan responded to challenges by the health minister saying the action was taken when there were reported discrepancies and the matter is in the hands of the Fraud Squad. Dr Khan said the Chief Executive Officer of the Children’s Life Fund board was asked to leave not due to financial discrepancies but other issues. He did not detail those issues. Dr Khan said the figures that were of concern were not as large as is being made out to be.
During the contribution Health Minister Deyalsingh also took the opportunity to reassure the population that there are no confirmed cases of hand, foot and mouth disease in Trinidad and Tobago. He urged the opposition not to panic the population regarding the disease spreading from Jamaica. Former health minister Dr Khan raised the question recently regarding the disease, asking the government what it is doing to prevent the spread from Jamaica.
Minister Deyalsingh said the country has adequate systems in place to deal with any eventuality.