Government has finally announced the opening of the University of Ghana Medical Centre  on July 18, 2018.

This comes in the wake of the country’s ‘No bed syndrome’ as pressure mounted on government to open the facility to salvage the worsening health system.

The Health Minister Kwaku Agyeman-Manu who  toured the hospital on Wednesday evening announced its opening disclosing the  facility will in the meantime take referral Out Patient Department (OPD) cases, with Laboratory and Pharmacy services, as well as specialist services in three departments – Dermatology, Ophthalmology and Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) services.

Officials say the facility will kick off with at least 30 to 40 staff approved by the Ministry until it opens up recruitment later.

Two years after the $217 million University of Ghana Medical Centre was commissioned by former President John Mahama, the facility remains shut.

Management of the facility has long been a serious bone of contention between the University of Ghana and current Health Minister, Kwaku Agyemang-Manu, a reason why opening of the facility hitherto stalled.

The multi-million dollar facility, which is an extension of tertiary care in reference to advanced levels of medicine, can rival any world-class hospital.

It has about eight huge blocks, which house an emergency centre, an outpatient and administration block, women and children’s centre, a medical training and simulation centre, among others.

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The coming months will see commencement of work on the second Phase of the Medical Centre following approval of the 50 million dollar loan facility.