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Akufo-Addo must “stop sleeping” and address UGMC impasse – Baako

Veteran journalist, Kweku Baako, has urged President Akufo-Addo to, as a matter of national importance, intervene in the issues surrounding the yet-to-be opened University of Ghana Medical Centre (UGMC).

According Kweku Baako, President Akufo-Addo’s deafening silence on the matter leaves much to be desired, adding that, the NPP is fast losing what he termed as “political debate”.

A tussle between the University of Ghana authorities and the Ministry of Health over control of the facility has resulted in the newly-built medical centre remaining closed to the public, with its state-of-the-art equipment wasting away.

Speaking on the issue on Metro TV on Thursday, Mr Baako argued that reasons given by the Ministry of Health on why the facility has not been opened for use are not convincing, hence the need for the president to personally intervene.

He stressed: “I think the president should intervene. The government is his and ours, so, the delay in opening it is not good.

“In terms of public debate, the ministry and for that matter the government is losing the debate. The delay is too protracted, the arguments and counter-arguments from the government side are not convincing and he ought to do something about it.”

Former President John Mahama in 2016 inaugurated the phase one of the University of Ghana Medical Centre at Legon.

The 650-bed facility is the first of its kind in West Africa and second to only few hospitals in South Africa.

The ultra-modern hospital was conceptualised and began under the Late President John Evans Atta-Mills.

The Government secured a loan facility from Harpo Alim Bank of Israel for the project.

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