UGMC Opened, Nurses Report For Duty

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The much-talked-about University of Ghana Medical Centre (UGMC) has been opened.

The facility was opened to the public on Wednesday, July 18, 2018, about 18 months after it was constructed by the erstwhile Mahama administration.

According to Regina Borle Bortey who witnessed the opening, the facility is impressive and “will impress you if you visited”.

She added that staff of the facility, including nurses, are at work and are testing the equipment.

The interim head of the committee that worked on the opening of the hospital Dr. Asamoah Baidoo said the hospital will provide a conducive atmosphere for patients.

“We will provide an atmosphere with the right kind of health professionals with the right attitude. The atmosphere will be conducive for patients and visitors alike,” he told the media.

In the meantime, the facility will only attend to referral cases.

The opening comes after intense public pressure and the eventual arrest of a final-year Pharmacy student of the University of Ghana, Reginald Sakyi Brown for peacefully protesting the delays in opening the facility.

Sakyi-Brown, who was on a campaign to have the  Centre opened for operation raised a placard bearing the inscription “Open UGMC Now” at a sod cutting event at the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital being addressed by the first lady Rebecca Akufo-Addo.

The $217 million edifices had remained closed since its completion. A tussle between the University Authorities and the Ministry of health over who has the right to manage the facility protracted with the opening of the facility.

The 650-bed facility is the first of its kind in West Africa and second to only a few hospitals in South Africa. The then Government secured a loan facility from Harpo Alim Bank of Israel for the project.

Meanwhile, Parliament has approved a 47 million Euro loan for the completion of phase two of the project. The phase two will equip the hospital with facilities such as a VIP maternity and private floor, Cardio-vascular and Open heart surgery unit and a neurosurgery unit.


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