President John Dramani Mahama has inaugurated the phase one of the University of Ghana Medical Center.
Inaugurating the facility, President Mahama revealed that the President-elect Nana Addo has assured him that the Legon Medical Center project will be given maximum priority under his administration
Inaugurating the first phase of the Center Wednesday, President Mahama said the facility will promote medical tourism in the country.
The Center together with Korle Bu will serve medical students from the University of Ghana.
The medical center is the first of its kind in the sub-region. It has a hotel facility attached to it.
According to President Mahama, with such facilities, Ghanaians will no longer have appetite for seeking medical attention abroad.
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 helipad 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.
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.