The University of Ghana Medical Centre is expected to commence operations today (Wednesday, July 18, 2018) with a staff strength of about 30 as approved by the Health Ministry.
The 650-bed health facility built at a cost of US$217 million has been dormant for more than 18 months after the first phase of the project was inaugurated by former President John Dramani Mahama on January 4, 2017.
The facility will only take referral Out Patient Department (OPD) cases in the short term.
Specialist services in three departments – Dermatology, Ophthalmology and Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) – will come on stream by the end of the year.
The university will be expected to receive patients not only across the country, but also from the sub-region and beyond.
The facility 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.
It’s over 18 months since the Mahama administration commissioned the first phase of the facility.