Government to invest 250 million dollars in KorleBu Hospital

Vice President John Dramani Mahama has said that Government would spend 250 million dollars on the recapitalization of the KorleBu Teaching Hospital

He said a chunk of the money would be used in acquiring medical tools and equipment to make the hospital more functional

The Vice President announced these at a ceremony for the commencement of work on Lions International Eye Centre at the hospital

The 60 million dollar facility which is sponsored by Lions International Moorfields Eye Hospital UK and other partners would become the centre for quality eye care for Ghanaians and the West Africa subregion

Vice President Mahama said the Eye Clinic would benefit from the retooling and urged the hospital officials to ensure that all projects were executed on schedule

He commended Lions International and other partners for their contribution towards the projects and gave the assurance that Government would support the project to ensure its early completion

Emeritus Professor ED Yeboah who spoke on behalf of Professor Bomi Ogedengbe President of West Africa College of Surgeons expressed happiness about the project which according to him would provide world class eye care practical training for instructors and specialists at the centre

He said the centre would be used for research into eye disorders and prevention

Emeritus Prof ED Yeboah noted that the subregion had about 26 million blind people and more than 26 million suffering from conditions leading to preventable blindness

He expressed hope that the Eye Clinic project if completed would provide specialist manpower and resources to deal with eye problems

The hands on specialist skills training have begun about 18 months ago with high standard modular courses in basic instrumentation basic skills cataract and corneal surgery by expert teachers from Moorfields and other centres to our trainers and consultants for future teachers specialists in Ghana and the subregion Emeritus Prof ED Yeboah said

Prof Nii Otu Nartey Chief Executive of KorleBu Hospital commended Moorfields Eye Hospital for their collaborative efforts to raise funds for the project and Lion Club International that also supported the project

He said the future of tertiary and quaternary eye care in the country was assured and the dream of making the centre a place of excellence for the subregion would be a reality

Date : 22 Apr, 2012
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