One of the most anticipated infrastructural development at the University of Ghana and the country as a whole, the University of Ghana Medical Center (UGMC), is now 95% complete, and already gleaming in magnificent grandeur.
Adequate medical infrastructure is an exigency in this country and so are the facilities needed to train medical practitioners. The UGMC, University of Ghana’s very own Teaching Hospital, is thus a huge milestone in Ghana’s health system, and for the University itself, as it strives on to attain a world class status.
It is envisaged that the facility will be fully operational before the end of this year. Phase 1 has 650 beds and Phase 2 will add 350 beds to increase the total number of beds to 1000. The Medical Center is an ultra-modern facility for service delivery, training and research. It will be equipped with state-of-the-art facilities for trauma and emergency services with a heliport and internal medicine, including surgery, obstetrics and gynecology, pediatrics, cardiology, heart surgery and medicinal imaging.
As construction of the project commenced 4 years ago, the Deputy Minister of Health, Rojo Mettle Nunoo, expressed hope that when completed, it would be self-financing and be opened to the public and citizens from the West African sub-region and beyond. He said the Sheba Medical Centre in Israel had agreed to provide all the assistance required to ensure that the facility provides the most efficient health care that would measure up to global standards. Sheba Medical Center is the largest hospital in Israel. It is after this hospital that the University of Ghana Medical Center was modeled.
The Deputy Minister also added that plans are underway to replicate this at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology and indeed in the other Medical Public Universities that train health professionals in the country.
This $217 million project is located on a 400 acre land behind the Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research of the university.
The facility is being constructed by the University of Ghana through a loan acquired by the Government of Ghana from the Israeli Government. The facility when completed is expected to House all health institutions of the University of Ghana currently located at the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital.