The University of Ghana Medical Center is scheduled to begin full operation by close of the year. The Deputy Health Minister, Dr. Victor Bampoe made this know when he paid a working visit to the facility on Friday.
In a post on his Facebook page, Dr. Bampoe indicated that the teaching hospital is 95% complete. “The University of Ghana Medical Center is at 95% completion of civil works for Phase 1. It is envisaged that it will be fully operational before the end of this year. Phase 1 has 650 beds and Phase 2 will add 350 beds to take the total number of beds to 1,000,” he said. The Deputy Minister also visited the to the Ridge hospital in the company of the Greater Accra Regional Director of Health Services, Dr Linda Van Otoo. According to him, phase one of the Ridge hospital project is 65% complete and will also be operational by close of year.
The Ridge Hospital will have 420 beds and spacious delivery suites, maternity wards, intensive care units and other modern facilities. Phase 2 of the construction works, according to the Deputy Minister will soon commence and that will add 200 more beds and assisted reproduction, interventional cardiology and VIP suites for medical tourists. “Both hospitals will, together with the numerous other health facilities being built or refurbished in the Greater Accra region, go a long way to take the pressure of Korle Bu teaching hospital,” he said. Dr. Bampoe added that “this is in line with government’s determination to make quality health care accessible and affordable for all Ghanaians.”