UGMC won’t operate like Korle-Bu – IMC Chair

Before the opening of the facility, some Ghanaians expressed worry that the UGMC may become like the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital with poor human relations among others.

Dr Anarfi Asamoa-Baah was speaking at the official opening of the UGMC on Wednesday, July 18, 2018.

He assured the general public that they will make the UG Medical Centre a patient-friendly hospital and patient centred.

“In order to make sure that this doesn’t become a Korle-Bu, it doesn’t just depend on health workers,” the Executive Director, Health Technology, and Pharmaceuticals at WHO said.


Dr. Asamoa-Baah added: “It is important that we have the right people at the top. It is important that we establish the right management. The biggest problem with the health sector is not just money, but it is also with management and leadership so we want to establish that here.”

However, the IMC has said that the facility which will attend to only referral cases, will have a different culture from the nation’s premier health facility.

The $217 million edifice had remained closed since its completion due to a tussle between the University authorities and the government over who has the right to manage the facility.


The 650-bed facility is the first of its kind in West Africa and second to only a few hospitals in South Africa. The then Government secured a loan facility from Harpo Alim Bank of Israel for the project.

Meanwhile, Parliament has approved a 47 million Euro loan for the completion of phase two of the project. The phase two will equip the hospital with facilities such as a VIP maternity and private floor, Cardio-vascular and Open heart surgery unit and a neurosurgery unit.


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