Ghana Minister of Health blamed For Delays in Opening $270m UG Medical Centre
Two years after the $217 million University of Ghana Medical Centre was commissioned by former President John Mahama, the facility remains shut.
A feud between the University of Ghana and current Health Minister, Kwaku Agyemang-Manu, over the management of the hospital has been the contentious reason the facility remains shut, according to persons close to the deal.
Former Deputy Health Minister, Rojo Mettle-Nunoo, says the Mr Agyemang-Manu is to blame for the state of the health facility.
“He is the incompetent reason why the facility is not working,” the former Deputy Health Minister said.
Kwaku Agyemang-Manu said the facility has not begun operation because it is not ready yet
The Centre looks complete from the outside, more work has to be done to make it fully functional, According to the Minister of Health.
He said,”I am the minister and I want to tell Ghanaians that the facility is not complete. We operate it at our own disadvantage.”
However, Mr Mettle-Nunoo disapprove.
The house assent $50 million last Week
for the completion of the remaining works at the medical centre.
Addressing a news conference to commemorate this year’s World Health Day in Accra on Wednesday,
the Health Minister cited the absence of a back-up generating set as a major obstacle to the opening of the facility.
the MRI and imaging equipment could not be operated on the national grid
inview of likely fluctuations.
There has been a public outcry as to why the multi-million dollar facility remains dormant, a
lthough the centre appears to be complete.
Former President John Dramani Mahama in 2016,
Inaugurated the first phase of the 597-bed capacity hospital, which was initiated in 2012.
The super-tertiary or quaternary 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.