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One of the most anticipated infrastructural development at the University of Ghana, the University of Ghana Medical Center (UGMC), will be commissioned by President Mahama .
The Medical Center is an ultra-modern facility for service delivery, training and research. It will be equipped with state-of-the-art facilities for trauma and emergency services with a heliport and internal medicine, including surgery, obstetrics and gynaecology, paediatrics, cardiology, heart surgery and medicinal imaging.
Construction of the facility started on March 12, 2011, with a sod-cutting ceremony by the then president Professor John Evans Atta Mills.
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In June 2011, Cabinet gave approval for a loan facility from Israel for the design, construction, and installation of medical equipment for the 617-bed Hospital facility for the University of Ghana.
It is expected that phase 1 will have 650 beds and Phase 2 will add 350 beds to increase the total number of beds to 1000.
The facilty is expected to be a self-financing. It will be opened to the public.
The Sheba Medical Centre in Israel will assist the facility to provide the most efficient health care that would measure up to global standards.
Sheba Medical Centre is the largest in Israel and UGMC was modelled after the Israel health facility.
The project which is located on a 400 acre land behind Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research cost $217 million.
The facility was constructed by the University of Ghana through a loan acquired by the Government of Ghana from the Israeli Government. The facility will house all health institutions of the University of Ghana currently located at the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital.