The University of Ghana Medical Centre (UGMC) is a state of the art medical facility built to provide medical care to people in Ghana and the West African Sub-region.
The first phase of the University of Ghana Medical Centre, which was completed in November 2016, is however, yet to be operational following disagreements over the legitimate manager of the facility as it looks like the University and the Ministry of Health are locked in a battle of who gets to manage the UGMC.
Over the weekend, it was reported that national security operatives stormed campus to take over the newly built facility based on orders from the Health Minister, Kwaku Agyemang Manu.
Unfortunately for them, they were unable to do so and had to back down following the strong opposition by the Vice Chancellor and other members of the University’s management.
An official of the Ministry of Health is reported to have said “All health-related facilities in Ghana, both public and private all fall under the purview of the Ministry of Health, so it was strange for anybody to say that a particular hospital shouldn’t have the ministry of health coming close.”
The University, through the Acting CEO of the UG Medical Centre, Professor Aaron Lawson has also come out to say that the University will not cede management of the newly built hospital to the government.
The Ministry has however, denied claims that the presence of the National security at the University of Ghana Medical School (UGMS) was to take over the facility and insists that the presence of the National security operatives was only to reinforce security and protect equipment at the facility.