The Ghana Medical Association has advised the managers of the University of Ghana Medical Centre (UGMC) to ensure proper maintenance of the facility at all times.
General Secretary of the GMA, Dr. Frank Serebour told Citi News the facility could face challenges similar to the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital if it is mismanaged.
[contextly_sidebar id=”VDYeJ8VpxdNX3ChTB6AI6qWOnbXLf0HA”]“For us, it is important that we also maintain that status of the centre because as we speak, Ghana does not have a quaternary centre, so if we begin to operate it and we just open it up to become like every other hospital then we have missed the opportunity. It is important the status and the reasons why that facility was put up and not just open it up because there is pressure on us and that we need an outlet,” he said.
The Chairperson of the Interim Management Committee of the University of Ghana Medical Center (UGMC), Dr. Asamoah Baah, has also promised that the new facility will not be managed like the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital.
According to him, the UGMC will adopt a better work culture to ensure patient satisfaction at the facility. Korle-Bu, although a referral facility, is an overcrowded facility with several challenges, a situation that forced some patients to be treated on the floor and plastic chairs in recently due to lack of beds.
The University of Ghana Medical Centre (UGMC) officially opened on Wednesday after a long wait and intense pressure on the government.
The facility had been abandoned for several months by the New Patriotic Party (NPP) government after it assumed office in January 2017 with the excuse that there were some technical challenges.
The government in an earlier communication announced the operationalization of the facility following huge public outrage and consistent media campaign championed by Citi FM over the facility’s abandonment.
By: Farida Yusif/citinewsroom.com/Ghana