Parliamentary Select Committee on Health Visits UG Teaching Hospital Project Site

Hon. Yieleh Chireh, Chairperson of the Parliamentary Select Committee on Health

The Parliamentary Select Committee on Health has visited the University of Ghana Teaching Hospital Project site. The delegation was led by the Member of Parliament for the Wa West constituency, and Chairperson for the committee, Hon. Joseph Yieleh Chireh and the Minister for Health, Hon. Sherry Ayittey.

The purpose of the visit according to Hon. Yieleh Chireh was to appraise work done on the project so far, as well as identify and address any challenges that could hinder the progress of the project. He said that project was huge and dear to all Ghanaians because it is expected to help ease up congestion at the Korle- Bu Teaching Hospital. 

He underscored the importance of such visits and interaction with the construction team to ensure that the project is executed successfully. Hon. Yieleh Chireh further announced plans to replicate a similar hospital at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) in order to help ease the congestion at the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital in Kumasi.

Hon. Sherry Ayittey, Minister for Health

Hon. Sherry Ayittey disclosed that there was going to be a comprehensive training program for doctors, nurses and all allied medical personnel who would be recruited to work at the hospital, adding that the staff recruited would undergo training at the Sheeba Medical Center in Israel.

Prof. Aaron Lawson, UGTH Project Coordinator

Addressing the group, Project Coordinator, Prof. Aaron Lawson said the University of Ghana Teaching Hospital Project is valued at total of $217,000,000.00. He revealed that, the construction was expected to span a period of 36 months. He disclosed that the overall progress of work currently stands at 32% and was hopeful the project would be on target and deliver a state of the art hospital equipped with facilities which Ghanaians would be proud off.

Prof. Lawson, noted however that the project is faced with certain challenges such as a funding gap for essential infrastructure items such as access roads, power, water, drainage, waste manage amongst others.

When completed, the University of Ghana Teaching Hospital Project will have surgical, radiotherapy Units, a cancer centre, a pharmacy, maternity ward among other things. There would be robotic simulation service center to enhance the teaching of doctors.


Members of the Parliamentary Select Committee on Health and the project team during the visit



Snap shots of the ongoing construction work