Internal Audit of COVID Expenses – FBC News

Sam Fullman

The Department of Health had to work with the national airline and Air New Zealand to receive passenger manifests for those being repatriated to Fiji.

Border Health Protection Unit chief Sam Fullman said this was done to ensure the government only paid hotel accommodation bills for Fijian citizens returning home. them.

Fullman says manifestos needed to be cross-checked with hotels, as dual nationals were also entering Fiji.

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He adds that they use a two-tier approach and have been able to reconcile expenses with all incoming people.

“Anyone who couldn’t use it or had an expired Fijian passport was asked to pay the bill themselves. This process was at the first level, made possible because we had designated quarantine officers in all the facilities where we were doing repatriations. »

Fullman adds that the ministry developed protocols and trained people because community facilities were not ready at the time of the outbreak and would have cost more.

“Hotels were already prepared and all they needed was constant advice on infection prevention control measures and how to implement quarantine, which was reinforced by the government’s comprehensive approach. .”

Permanent Secretary for Health Dr James Fong says they are still trying to reconcile the number of tablets or electronic devices used in vaccination campaigns.

He adds that it is not easy to put everything in the inventory and that many internal audits are in progress.

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