The much talked about University of Ghana Medical Centre is expected to begin operations from today Wednesday, July 18. An initial staff strength of 30 medical professionals have been approved by Ministry of Health.
The University of Ghana Medical Centre is expected to not only receive patients from Ghana, but also from the sub-region and beyond.
The facility which will take referral Out Patient Department (OPD) cases in the interim, will begin taking three Specialist services by the end of the year; Dermatology, Ophthalmology and Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT).
It will be recalled that the 650-bed facility built at a cost of $217 million has been dormant for more than 18 months amidst public outcry from some aggrieved individuals who felt that the modern health edifice was being left to rot due to politicization.
The first phase of the project was inaugurated by former President John Dramani Mahama in January 2017. The facility has about eight huge blocks, which houses an emergency centre, an outpatient and administration block, women and childrenʼs centre, a medical training and simulation centre, among others.
Meanwhile, Parliament has approved an amount of $50 million to fund the second phase of the Centre to enable it become fully functional and meet international standards.