After months of controversy, the University of Ghana Medical Centre (UGMC) has been officially opened as Ghana’s first Quaternary centre.
The facility, which was initially scheduled to open in November 2017, was kept locked to the public due to a tussle between the Minister of Health and the University of Ghana over who manages the $217 million facility.
The government, however, announced the opening date after persistent outrage. It will now be managed by both the government and the University, with an interim Chief Executive Officer already in charge.
A few weeks ago, some Ghanaians signed an online petition as part of a social media campaign to push the government to operationalise the 597-bed capacity University of Ghana Medical Center (UGMC).
The campaign was led by one Reginald, who argued that the hospital cannot continue to be ‘worshiped’ when the country’s health system is facing many challenges.