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05.04.2005 General News

Move To Upgrade 37 Hospitals

By Graphic

A seven-member team has been constituted by the Ministry of Defence to look into the probability of upgrading the 37 Military Hospitals into a teaching hospital.

Speaking at a meeting to kickstart the studies, the minister for defence, Dr Kwame Addo-Kufuor, said the Government was committed to upgrading the facilities at the 37 Military Hospital, as well as addressing the human resource problem facing the hospital. He said it was in line with that commitment that he held a discussion with the Indian Government during his recent visit to that country as to whether they could support Ghana to upgrade the hospital.

He said the Indian Government accepted his proposal and had sent a two-member delegation, led by Lt. Gen Arora, to Ghana to conduct the studies and come up with proposals that could enable India to help the Government to upgrade the hospital.

Dr Addo-Kufuor said plans were also far advanced to start the third phase of the expansion project of the 37 Military Hospital. He said when completed, the hospital would be capable of catering for major accident and emergency cases.

He explained that the move was aimed at alleviating the pressure on the Korle-Bu and the Okomfo Anokye teaching hospitals in time of emergency.

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