Steering Committee of UG’s Teaching Hospital inaugurated

legonA 10-member Steering Committee to oversee the building of a 600-bed Teaching Hospital facility for the College of Health Sciences of the University of Ghana was on Thursday inaugurated in Accra.

The Teaching hospital, the first of its kind to be in the sub-region, would help solve the challenges of training of health personnel and offering quality health care services to patients in the country.

The project, which is estimated to be completed within 36 months, would significantly relieve the existing pressure on the nation’s three teaching hospitals and provide patients access to sophisticated diagnostic equipment as well as offer students of the College the cutting edge technology and exposure to the most sophisticated simulation centre in Africa.

The cost involved would be $185 million from the Isreali government and would have contractors from Israel.

Chaired by the Minister of Health, Ms Sherry Ayettey, the committee would review progress and quality control as well as sign off the reports from the project management team to ensure that reports from the various technical subdivisions were harmonized.

The Health Minister said quality health care was not simply the availability of health facilities but the quality of training of the health professionals and the quality of equipment used in the diagnoses and management of the diseases.

She assured the committee and the University of her support to ensure that it was completed as scheduled.

Professor Ernest Ayettey, Vice Chancellor of the University, said the teaching hospital when completed would fulfill the College’s mission of producing highly qualified and competent health professionals and medical scientists who would in turn provide promotive, preventive and curative services to meet the needs of the nation and global community.

“This would be done through world class excellence in training, research and dissemination of knowledge”, he said.

He pledged his support to the steering committee saying “I know and believe that with the combined depth of knowledge, your tenacity and most importantly the zeal of members to get things done, this project would be steered safely”.

Source: GNA

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