The Central Regional Hospital in Cape Coast is to be transformed into a Teaching Hospital in order to meet the needs of the University of Cape Coast (UCC) Medical School.
Consequently, the Medical and Dental Council has assessed facilities at the hospital with a view to giving it accreditation to operate as such.
The Regional Director of the Ghana Health Service, Dr Mc Damien Dedze made this known during a visit to the hospital by the Minister for Health, Dr George Sopa-Adjah Yankey and the Central Regional Minister, Mrs Ama Benyiwa-Doe.
Dr Dedze said, the hospital needs ophthalmologists to man the Eye Care Unit and those specialised units that will be needed to meet the needs of the UCC Medical School.
Mrs Ama Benyiwa-Doe said, President John Evans Atta Mills will see to it that the hospital plays a leading role in the health delivery system in the country since he plays a key role in its establishment during his tenure as Vice-President.
Dr Yankey on his part promised to immediately assign two ophthalmologists to the hospital to facilitate work at the unit and also upgrade the health facility into a tertiary institution equipped with the necessary tools.
Dr Yankey said, health facilities in the region will be improved to enable the people receive their fair share of the health delivery system and indicated that the Ghana Health Service (GHS) has been engaged in talks with insurance companies to improve the county's health care system.