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Legon Medical Centre Opens Today.

After days of rumpus surrounding the University of Ghana's Medical Centre (UGMC), the government, through the Ministry for Health, is opening the facility today, July 18, 2018.

Being opened in phases, the first would be for only Out-Patient services, where patients would go for treatment without staying there overnight.

The Minister of Health, Kwaku Agyeman Manu, and members of the Interim Management Committee, indicated the readiness to open the Out-Patient Department (OPD) when journalists were led on a tour of the facility last week.

The Committee told journalists that the $217 million project had to be under lock due to some measures which had not been taken, since then President Mahama commissioned phase one in 2016.

According to the Committee, the hospital could not be fully operational, as some equipment need to be installed and test-run to be very sure of their efficiency, to prevent any breakdowns.

The acting Chief Executive Officer, Professor Lawson, responding to The Chronicle's question on the number staff needed to run the hospital, said that about 30 would be needed to man the OPD.

He added that the Ministry for Finance had also given clearance for the recruitment of some 200 staff who will start work as and when the other phases are opened, adding that recruitment processes had already commenced.

The facility, at the moment, will not accept National Health Insurance card holders, because negotiations with the insurance firm have not been done. However, the hospital will charge the normal OPD fees, just like every public hospital.

The Minster for Health had earlier indicted that an amount of $50 million would be needed to complete phase 2 of the facility, adding that Cabinet had approved for the loan to be sourced.

Parliament, on Monday, approved a 47 million Euro loan for the completion of Phase 2 of the UGMC.

Phase 2 of the project 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.

It includes 350 beds, boasts of up-to-date medical gadgets for treating complicated medical conditions, and a helipad to airlift emergency cases, as well as a medical hotel.

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Publication:Ghanaian Chronicle (Accra, Ghana)
Date:Jul 19, 2018
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