(CMR) Jamaicans on Twitter have slammed the country's health ministry after it removed from public view, a document that appeared to have detailed government expenditure in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic.
On Sunday (May 3), the ministry posted on its Instagram several documents outlining a breakdown of spending activities as it related to items procured for the pandemic.
The post, which was soon removed, was captioned, “details of MOHW #COVID19 expenditure to date”.
Some social media users with quick thumbs, who had an opportunity to scroll through the post, have chastised the Ministry of Health and Wellness (MOHW) for what they have labelled unnecessary spending.
Specifically, some Twitter users took issue with the ministry's purchase of some television sets and other items used to allegedly furnish quarantine facilities.
While others have slammed the ministry for removing the post, criticizing not only the ministry but the Andrew Holness led administration for its lack of transparency.
“The GOJ put out a COVID19 expense on IG and then removed it same day. The GOJ has put out other information for transparency. Why was this pulled from public view? Jamaica does NOT need trolls explaining why or surmising,” said one woman on Twitter.
“I agree with this!!! After all is taxpayers money,” added another Twitter user in agreement.
CMR obtained a screenshot of the post, which showcases the first page of the document in question.
The screen grabbed document details purchases made on March 15 and March 16 revealing that the government had spent big bucks to acquire items such as water tanks, laundry tubs, medical supplies, and furniture for quarantine facilities.
In addition, the government also paid for the servicing of fire extinguishers.
Some of the vendors visible on the document include Courts Jamaica Ltd, Singer Jamaica Ltd, C.A.G.S. Ltd, LP Azar, Azan’s Super Center, Rototech International Ltd in addition to a host of others.
The MOHW in a release issued on May 1 said that it had spent $2.5 billion to fight the COVID-19 outbreak in the country.