University of Ghana Medical Centre opens today


The University of Ghana Medical Centre (UGMC) will officially commence operations today.

The 650-bed facility built at a cost of $217 million has been dormant for more than 18 months after the first phase of the project was inaugurated by former President John Dramani Mahama.

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The facility will only take referral Out Patient Department  (OPD) cases in the short term after Wednesday’s opening.

The Minister of Health, Mr Kwaku Agyeman-Manu last Wednesday said specialist services in three departments – Dermatology, Ophthalmology and Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) will come on stream by the end of the year.

He also noted that the facility will start off with about 30-40 staff approved by the Ministry of Health.

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Meanwhile, Parliament has approved credit and commercial facilities totalling €47 million to finance expansion works at the University of Ghana Medical Centre (UGMC).

The credit facility of €40.6 million is between the government and Bank Hapoalim B.M., while the commercial facility of €6.5 million is also between the government and Bank Hapoalim B.M.

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