By Cecil Mensah
The Minister for Health, Madam Sherry Ayittey, last Monday toured the six hundred bed capacity teaching hospital under construction on the campus of University of Ghana (UG), the country’s premier university to ascertain the level of work on the facility.
Speaking with the media after successfully touring the facility, the Minister for Health said, the Government of Ghana (GoG) signed the contract to build the teaching hospital for the University with the Israeli company called Sheeba Constructions in 2012 and work commenced for the construction of
600-bed facility in April 2013.
She said, the over two hundred million Dollars contract to construct the six-bed teaching hospital would go a long way to improve the Doctor –patient ratio in the country.
This she said, has been the bane of the high ratio of a Doctor to one thousand patients in the country.
She revealed that the facility if completed would go a long in assisting to train over a thousand Doctors annually.
According to her, the hospital facility has the capacity to also reduce the high attrition rate in the medical profession.
The Minister joined the Chief Director of the Ministry of Health (MOH), the Vice Chancellor of the UG, the former Deputy Minister for Health, Mr Rojo Mettle-Nunoo and some members of staff of the Ministry, as well as the officials of the Sheeba Construction Company Limited from Israel, the contractors on the teaching hospital.
On his part, the Vice Chancellor of the university, Prof Ernest Aryeetey said, the facility was part of the several changes being undertaken by the university to able it a commanding leader in the training of various medical and health professionals in the country.
He said the training of medical professionals and other allied medical professionals have become paramount in the scheme of operations of the university over the years.
He announced that the contractor in collaboration with the Israeli Government has offered to train all the people, who will be running the hospital after completion.
He said the gesture was to build their capacity to enable them run the hospital as a teaching facility for the training of medical professionals if fully completed.