President John Dramani has paid a working visit to the University of Ghana to ascertain the progress of work at the US$ 217 million University of Ghana Medical Center. 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.
The President, speaking at a Press briefing after the inspection, stated that the facility which is expected to be completed early next year will provide advanced training for health personnel aside providing quality health care for the people of Ghana.
The President also stated that he expects a good management system to be put in place once the project is commissioned early next year
The Vice Chancellor of the University of Ghana, Prof Ernest Aryeetey, speaking at the press briefing expressed gratitude to the Government for the support.
The minister of health Honorable Alex Segbefia also speaking at the Press briefing, stated that Government’s topmost priority is to provide better health care facilities for the people of Ghana. He described the facility as a reflection of the government’s judicious use of state resources. He asserted that the facility, once completed, will be one of the best facilities in Africa.
The University of Ghana Medical Center is a project being undertaken by the University of Ghana through a US$ 217 million loan secured by the Government of Ghana from the Israeli government. The facility which is expected to be completed early next year will house all health institutions of the University of Ghana currently located at the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital. The facility is also expected to train about one thousand doctors within 5 to 7 years after completion which will help to reduce the current doctor-patient ratio of 1 to 10,000.
The Director of EDC Limited, the Israeli based construction company executing the project together with the Sheba Medical Center, expressed the hope that most hospitals will be modeled after this Medical facility. He also stated that he hopes the facility serves as the main training center for health personnel in the country.